Internet giant Google will be entering the Virtual Reality market in a rather unusual and awesome way.
During the I/O Keynote, Google handed out Virtual Reality goggles made out of cardboard, which allowed users to slot in their phone, and run a new application (called Cardboard), allowing them to use the Google interface in virtual reality.
In a statement on their page, Google said;
“Virtual reality has made exciting progress over the past several years. However, developing for VR still requires expensive, specialized hardware. Thinking about how to make VR accessible to more people, a group of VR enthusiasts at Google experimented with using a smartphone to drive VR experiences.
The result is Cardboard, a no-frills enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app.
By making it easy and inexpensive to experiment with VR, we hope to encourage developers to build the next generation of immersive digital experiences and make them available to everyone.”
Google has released the do it yourself plans to build your own low cost virtual reality headset, from cardboard, a rubberband, and some velcro. All you need to purchase is a pair of lenses with a 40mm focal length.
Google also released the SDK Toolkit for free, allowing developers to create their own Virtual Reality experiences to run on Cardboard.
You can check out the official website by clicking here.