Google improves Cardboard VR set after the company reportedly sold 500,000 units since its first appearance at the Google I/O Conference. Google claims that Cardboard is the next big thing in technology and the VR set received a serious improvement this week.
Google introduced Cardboard back in June at the Google I/O Conference. The headset is very low-tech and is made up of essentially just a piece of cardboard and a couple of lenses. However, Cardboard has the capacity of turning any Android phone into a serious VR set.
The effect functions by splitting the landscape on a smartphone into two screens, one for each of the user’s eyes. The Cardboard viewer holds the user’s smartphone up to the lenses which magnify the two sections of the screen to give out a 3D effect.
When it was first introduced, it seemed like Google were doing nothing more than just make a little fun at the expense of Facebook which bought the pioneer company in virtual reality Oculus VR for a sum of $2 billion. Just so you know Cardboard costs around only $20 to $25. However, the curious technology was a big hit with the crowd and Google reported that over half a million Cardboard units have been delivered through various third-party retailers. So it looks like Google is getting pretty involved in the project.
Starting off, Google Cardboard now occupies a separate corner in the Play Store, offering various games and apps compatible with the Cardboard. The handiest app at the moment is most likely Google’s own app called Cardboard, which delivers virtual reality to Google Earth and YouTube among several other things. And because Google is releasing an official development kit for Unity and Android, there will likely be more apps available for the VR set in the near future. The new software development kit is offering developers an easy guideline for building apps compatible with Cardboard.
All these factors make Cardboard look like a serious competitor on the virtual reality market. However, it’s hard not to still think the tech giant is still jabbing the competition.
As of now, Google is also hiring more staff to work on the VR project Cardboard.