VR Becomes Mainstream – Google’s Headset Dubbed ‘Cardboard’
Being in another world – not just looking at a place on a computer screen, but actually experiencing it, as if you’re standing there.
That’s the magic of virtual reality (VR).
Till now, it’s largely been the province of clunky hardware, powered by high-strength processors. Expensive, and unattainable.
With a new app from Google that lets Android users transform their phones into VR headsets, this looks set to change.
You’ll need to; but, more of that later.
Google’s system, codenamed ‘Cardboard’, was a hit at the recent Google I/O 2014 developers’ conference. It’s so named, because the visor component which houses the phone can be constructed from simple materials. The aim is to create a low-cost platform users can assemble on their own.read more