Facebook recently invested a few billion in Oculus Rift VR, and Sony has finished 85 percent of Project Morpheus for SonyPlaystation 4, but Virtual Reality doesn’t exist at the consumer level yet. Except the fact that the general public isn’t aware when it will be available, the price on these gadgets is also unknown, but it sure that it will be expensive.
Luckily those who want to feel virtual reality in a simple and inexpensive way can use Cardboards available to use combined with smartphones.
This simple box made of cardboard, lenses and the smartphone changes a phone into a VR headset. In order to work properly with VR cardboard, smartphone should use suitable applications. Consumer can code his own software using the experimental VR Toolkit to create immersive contents. Creating a VR software with this kit is as simple as creating a web or mobile app.
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The problem with the cardboard is that it can be used with certain phones, and which one will be used depends on whether it is fully or partially compatible with the device.
Cardboard for inexpensive VR experience
Using the Cardboard don’t give full quality sensation of being inside virtual world, mainly because of low-latency VR that smartphones offer. This do not represent big trouble if cardboard is used to watch simple demos, but for experiencing more complex VR contents that demand fast head movement it could be improper and make consumer feel nauseous.
Those who would like to try on the cardboard should know that this device isn’t strapped to head like Oculus Rift od Sony Morpheus. It should be held with hands up to face and could be annoying. The positive thing is that it doesn’t have disturbing cables and it is not heavy. With the cardboard is easy to quickly forget about the outside world and let yourself enjoy in immersive technology, so holding device isn’t big problem.
Bringing low-cost VR to the masses may not be Cardboard’s main intention. Its more likely that this kit is made to raise public awareness of VR. Cardboard could efficiently introduce the potential of VR to those who didn’t show much interest in VR gaming and other immersive experience.
It’s obvious that Cardboard have some technical limitations, but it is sufficient to represent a basic VR experience and get new users curious enough to consider buying more expensive devices when are available. It could also encourage developers to make the next generation of immersive digital experiences available to everyone.
Crafty gadget-junkies could build their own cardboard from everyday items founded in garage or at your local hardware store. To get started one should have cardboard sheet, minimum size: 8.75inx22in and 0.06in (1.5mm) thick. Also need to have lenses that have a 45mm focal distance,magnets approximate size: 0.75in diameter and 0.12in thickness, one rubber band, to prevent the phone from sliding out. It’s also needed to have a ruler, glue, and scissors, an X-acto knife. And a bit of creativity.