Google Makes a DIY VR Headset With Google Cardboard

Android was definitely the center of Google’s developer conference this year, but the search giant didn’t quite left out a rising trend in the tech space these days – virtual reality. At the end of the keynote, the company’s head honcho for Android and Chrome announced that all attendees of the event will be receiving a special cardboard package…

Android was definitely the center of Google’s developer conference this year, but the search giant didn’t quite left out a rising trend in the tech space these days – virtual reality.

At the end of the keynote, the company’s head honcho for Android and Chrome announced that all attendees of the event will be receiving a special cardboard package. As it turns out, the piece of cardboard is actually the search giant’s attempt at making the technology of virtual reality affordable and accessible.

Basically the cardboard box holds the components for developers to build their own virtual reality headset unsurprisingly made out of cardboard. There’s a cardboard template that devs can fold and build using rubber bands, Velcro straps, magnets, lenses and an optional NFC tag for building a DIY VR headset.

The box also comes with links on where to download the Cardboard’s experimental SDK and libraries. The VR headset works with a smartphone in order to project the images into the user’s eyes. It will work with several handset models at the moment including the Nexus 4 and 5, the Moto X, Samsung’s Galaxy S4 and S5 and the Samsung Galaxy Nexus using NFC.

Source: Google Developers

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