keskiviikko 18. maaliskuuta 2015

3D VR glasses made of cardboard - cheap and functional

They are made of cardboard. They are cheap costing 9 euros including postage. Cardboard glasses are for the rest of us with no money for expensive devices like the Oculus Rift.

Do they work? They do once assembled (took a while to figure out, IKEA-style, sigh...). The idea is to use your mobile phone and place it inside the cardboard box. With an app from Google called Cardboard (available in Google Play Store) you can enjoy 3D and VR (=Virtual Reality) music videos, games and even films. I guess it's also possible to create 3D-material of your own (additional hardware might be needed though).

Are my glasses made by Google? No. I can't find any name or trademark on them. However it doesn't matter as long as they work with my Nexus 4. The glasses are compatible with the following phones:
  • Google Nexus 4
  • Google Nexus 5
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • Samsung Galaxy S5
  • Samsung Galaxy Nexus
  • Motorola Moto X
How do you use them? First off place your mobile phone inside the cardboard box (see pictures below). Next launch the app Cardboard which will guide you further (or you'd better start your app first I guess...). Keep in mind all those 3D/VR apps take a lot of space! My Nexus 4 with only 8 GB memory is not that good platform for Google Cardboard :D. I have delete one app and download another...


Pieces of cardboard?

 You place your mobile phone inside the cardboard box

See those two lenses? They make the picture 
on screen of your phone look bigger 

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