Happy belated new year! For the first post of the new near, I wanted to jump into a lesser known (and surprisingly simple) technology developed by Google. Google Cardboard was created to show the relative simplicity (and accessibility) of creating your very own virtual reality experience. Now I know what you may be thinking…cardboard? Well there is a method to the madness and I’ll explain.
Google cardboard was originally created as a side project from two Google engineers. The end goal was to demonstrate how a virtual reality environment can be simulated without the use of expensive technology. Cardboard, rubber bands, magnets and two 45 mm focal lenses comprise the majority of the materials. Potential users can create custom goggles or choose from a list of manufacturers to buy from. Pre-manufactured goggles vary in price, but are generally $10-20 per unit and can be found on sites such as Amazon.
Applications for Google Cardboard can be found on the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store. Compatible apps can be found using “Google Cardboard apps” or “VR (virtual reality) ready” as the keywords for your search (in respective stores). Current specifications limit devices to a size of up to 4.7 inches. In addition, devices should be touchscreen Android or iPhone.
From sophisticated technologies such as Oculus Rift to the basic construct of Google Cardboard, there are many possibilities virtual reality could bring to life. Within the education frontier, we could see another dimension of learning brought to the classroom. Hybrid instruction through virtual field trips, 3D modeling, simulation and more. To learn more about Google Cardboard, visit the following:
Until next time, cheers!