If you’re looking to dabble in VR using the smartphone you’ve already paid for, instead of spending over a $1000 on an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive setup, Google Cardboard is a great affordable alternative. But why spend $20 on some folded cardboard when for $40 you can get Mattel’s upgraded View-Master VR that’s more…
The Virtual Boy, Nintendo’s most maligned console flop, is getting a new lease on life thanks to some modern VR technology. Reddit user The King of Spain has modified an Android emulator so that you can play Virtual Boy through Google Cardboard, Samsung Gear VR, or other cheap virtual reality setups.
Google’s Cardboard VR viewer is the cheapest way to get in on the virtual reality game, but up until now, they’ve only been sold by third parties (or given away en masse). If you’ve got a cheap, slightly abrasive Cardboard-faced hole on the front of your face, Google will now help fill it.
Last year Mattel completely re-invented the View-Master by turning it into what eventually became one of the better Google Cardboard solutions on the market. For $30 it was cheap, comfortable, and held almost any smartphone available. And this year Mattel will be introducing a new model that fixes all the original’s…
During Alphabet’s earnings call last week, Google CEO Sundar Pichai spent several minutes talking about virtual reality, saying that Google Cardboard, the company’s low-cost approach to VR, was “only the first step” towards much broader goals in the space. Now, a report from the Financial Times claims that Google’s…
When you strap on a VR headset, you’re immediately in awe of the new digital world that’s slowly manipulating your brain. The visuals sell the sensation, but sound is what makes it stick. Google’s taking strides towards making that sound more convincing.
I look to my left and see a sorrowful parent sitting on the curb, comforting his daughter. I look to my right, and I see notes of sympathy among many flowers. Around me, I hear people murmuring respects and singing in French. I’m in the middle of a vigil in the streets of Paris, a week after last month’s tragic…
If you subscribe to The New York Times print edition, you can expect a special surprise the weekend of November 7. The paper is sending over a million subscribers their very own Google Cardboard so they can experience the Times’s new virtual reality new app. Welcome to 2015, folks.
The Discovery Channel, home of sharks and professional pyromaniacs, has a lot of cool stuff to show off. So it makes complete sense to cherry-pick some of the best moments, and package them into bite-size VR experiences.
Google’s Clay Bavor just told everyone at Google I/O that there are over a million Google Cardboard headsets in the world today. There’s about to be a whole lot more: he also just announced that Google Cardboard’s Virtual Reality apps are heading to iPhone.
Last year, the most exciting thing at Google I/O was a chunk of cardboard—cardboard which could transform any smartphone into an uber-cheap virtual reality headset. But Google isn’t stopping there. This year, the company will “announce some things around Cardboard that aren’t made of cardboard,” says Google’s Clay…
Good virtual reality is coming, but it isn’t here yet. That’s worrying. What if someone buys a cheap smartphone adapter, has a bad experience, and writes off VR as a fad? But Google, the company providing the cheapest solution of all—Cardboard—may have an answer. An answer that involves not strapping them to your head.
Oculus VR founder Palmer Luckey told me not to buy an Oculus Rift. That was two years ago, and he's repeated the plea every time I've seen him since. Don't buy it. It's not ready. It's just a developer kit. He's right, but I'm tired of waiting. I want a VR headset and I want it now. So I built one. Sorta.
When Google introduced its cardboard VR headset, there was an easy point of reference. It's like a View-Master, but with full-on virtual reality. And now, the marriage is official because Mattel and Google are partnering to make just that: A Google Cardboard-powered View-Master.
What's worse than mashing a Lego brick into the bottom of your foot? Mashing one into your face-parts (I would imagine). But. BUT! If it's as part of a DIY Lego-based VR headset, maybe it's worth it.