What is Google Cardboard?

With virtual reality becoming an increasing part of everyday vernacular, companies find themselves looking for new and innovative ways to bring the experience to everyone. In 2014 Google debuted their answer to the Oculus Rift at the yearly I/O developers conference - introducing Google Cardboard. 

Cardboard is a simple, DIY virtual reality solution that provides the ability to experience 3D with everyday objects - cardboard and a smartphone. Google Cardboard is designed to be made from, of course, cardboard but can be made with materials that are found in nearly every kitchen. However if you find yourself on the less artistic side of things, many companies offer pre-made kits for purchase online in a variety of styles.

Cardboard was brought to life in part to inspire interest in the field of VR, but also to show just how simply you could make a viewer. The software is very simple making it simple for developers to add virtualization to projects.The Cardboard developer kit is an open source, simple and easy way to make all aspects needed for further development of the project. The files can be downloaded from the Google Cardboard website, and it’s encouraged for everyone to create their own unique Cardboard creation.

A year after its debut Google revealed a new version of Cardboard. It showcased a much simpler design for the DIY enthusiast and support for larger phones. Google also announced support for building apps on IOS devices. 

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Jones works as IT Analyst, supporting classroom technology in ITS Office of Teaching, Learning and Technology. She is an active gamer, and became involved in 3D technology with the purchase of a gaming laptop that supported active 3D viewing. In her free time, she enjoys creating 3D objects and printing from the convenience of her kitchen.