Cardboard is Google's virtual reality kit, combining a 3D app with an inexpensive viewer so you can experience immersive virtual reality on your phone.ProsEasy
ProsEasy to set up and use: The hardware and software kit (which required Android 4.1, Jelly Bean, and later) lets you use your Android phone to experience virtual reality. Launch the Cardboard app and follow the directions for pairing your phone with your Cardboard viewer. Fit your phone into the viewer and peer through the viewer's lenses. Press a button to select content, swivel your head to move around in a scene, and tilt the device to return to the home screen.
Immersive experience: Although Cardboard has a lo-fi vibe (it feels more like a View-Master than an Oculus Rift), the experience is inviting.
VR content: The Google Cardboard app offers a handful of VR demos, including a fly-through of Chicago; a brief, narrated tour of Versailles; and 360-degree views of wood sculptures. But third-party apps on the Google Play Store offer a broader selection, highlighting what you can do with 3D. For example, The New York Times through its NYT VR app presents stories in a 3D environment. And YouTube has a broad collection of VR videos, from exploring a reef to naming a cat.
ConsStrain on resources: Virtual reality has a cost. Battery life takes a hit while driving VR apps, and phones can overheat, strapped in the Cardboard viewer.
Image quality: While navigating through the 3D scenes is smooth, image quality can vary from app to app.
Bottom LineGoogle's Cardboard 3D app and viewer are an inexpensive and engaging way to jump into 3D scenes. While Cardboard may lack the horsepower of more expense setups such as Oculus Rift, its appeal comes from only needing to hold a small cardboard box to your head to enter a virtual world.
From Google: Cardboard puts virtual reality on your smartphone. The Cardboard app helps you launch your favorite VR experiences, discover new apps, and set up a viewer. Try out a set of included demos as well:
Earth: Fly where your fancy takes you on Google Earth. Tour Guide: Visit Versailles with a local guide. My Videos: Watch your videos on a massive screen. Exhibit: Examine cultural artifacts from every angle. Photo Sphere: Look around the photo spheres you've captured. To fully enjoy this app you'll need a Cardboard viewer. Learn more and get your own Cardboard viewer at http://g.co/cardboard. Share your experience through our Google+ community at http://g.co/cardboarddevs.
Do not use this app while driving, walking, or otherwise by being distracted or disoriented from real world situations that prevent you from obeying traffic or safety laws.
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Date Added:Dec. 01, 2015
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|Publisher web site||http://www.google.com/|
|Release Date||December 01, 2015|
|Date Added||December 01, 2015|
|Additional Requirements||Requires Android 4.1 and up|
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