Google Cardboard Was the Ultimate WTF Moment of Google I/O

Publié le 19 Décembre 2014

Google Cardboard Was the Ultimate WTF Moment of Google I/O

After a marathon two-and-a-half hour Google I/O keynote, the tech giant had one final surprise for attendees: a piece of cardboard.

Developers at I/O walked away with a strange construction kit for a project named, imaginatively, Cardboard.

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Cardboard is a way to create an Oculus Rift-like virtual reality viewer with your Android smartphone. Users can put together their Cardboard kits – which contains corrugated cardboard, some lenses, magnets, two strips of velcro and a rubber band.

Put it together – along with your Android smartphone – and this is what you get.

If you didn't get one of these kits in person, you can build your own using these design files.

VR on the cheap

Google wants developers to combine Cardboard with its experimental VR Toolkit to build immersive virtual experiences.

Two Google employees at the Google Cultural Institute in Paris built Cardboard as part of a 20% project. Their bosses loved the smartphone housing so much, it inspired a larger group to build an experimental SDK.

Google Cardboard Was the Ultimate WTF Moment of Google I/O

Because the VR Toolkit is experimental, it won't get the same level of quality and support that Google offers to other Android SDKs and libraries – and Google has warned that the toolkit's contents may change or break without warning. Still, this is a fun way for developers to look at experimenting with VR.

It's worth noting that early Oculus Rift prototypes were designed around an iPhone with a VR viewer – so the concept isn't that bizarre.

OK, we lied. It's totally bizarre. It's also kind of awesome.

Here are some Google I/O attendees trying out their Cardboard:

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