2016 is the year of Virtual Reality (VR), and there finally seems to be an affordable solution emerging!
“Virtual reality is an artificial environment that is created with software and presented to the user in such a way that the user suspends belief and accepts it as a real environment. On a computer, virtual reality is primarily experienced through two of the five senses: sight and sound.
The simplest form of virtual reality is a 3-D image that can be explored interactively at a personal computer, usually by manipulating keys or the mouse so that the content of the image moves in some direction or zooms in or out. More sophisticated efforts involve such approaches as wrap-around display screens, actual rooms augmented with wearable computers, and haptics devices that let you feel the display images.” – Tech Target
Google explains that Cardboard aims at developing accessible VR tools to allow everyone to enjoy VR in a simple, fun and natural way. Cardboard enables you to quickly start creating VR apps or adapt your existing application for virtual reality.
“Whether you fold your own or buy a Works with Google Cardboard certified viewer, you’re just one step away from experiencing virtual reality on your smartphone.” – Google
The new Cardboard was unveiled at Google I/O 2015. It supports larger phones with screens up to 6 inches. It has a new button that works with any phone. And it assembles (and disassembles) in just 3 steps. Like the first Cardboard, it’s still about VR for everyone.
Although this is great progress for making VR more accessible, it doesn’t quite match up to current market leaders; Oculus Rift, PlayStation VR and the HTC Vive Pre take VR mainstream.
We’ll keep an eye on any developments but in the meantime why not find out more info on the best VR headsets?