Google Cardboard seemed like a funny joke at the time, a little toy to play with for those who attended Google I/O. But no, it’s a lot more than that. Google Cardboard has evolved into Google’s embodiment of its push for virtual reality. Instead of creating a true VR headset like Samsung’s Gear VR, Google is using Cardboard to further virtual reality at a low price.
It’s pretty simple, actually: the cardboard parts are assembled, a phone is slipped in, two lenses are added, and you have a virtual reality headset. And what looked to be a joke has already sold over half a million units from various manufacturers.
To further development of virtual reality on Android, Google has created a collection page for all Cardboard apps, of which there are dozens now. It’ll be easier for users to find new apps to try out. Google has also released an SDK to make the complicated technical parts easier for developers to handle, so the focus can be on the content instead of getting it all to work.
And lastly, Google is currently hiring people to work in VR. If you’re interested, hit the source link for more info on that. And if you want to pick up some Cardboard for yourself, the source link offers a few companies that sell it (even premade!).
Do you think Google Cardboard can actually push VR further than a serious product, or is it too comedic to be taken seriously? Leave a comment!