Using a piece of cardboard, your smartphone and some other odds and ends, Google shows you how to easily (and cheaply) make your own VR headset in the hopes to promote VR software development. Great read here about it.
Virtual reality has made exciting progress over the past several years. However, developing for VR still requires expensive, specialized hardware. Thinking about how to make VR accessible to more people, a group of VR enthusiasts at Google experimented with using a smartphone to drive VR experiences.
The result is Cardboard, a no-frills enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app.
By making it easy and inexpensive to experiment with VR, we hope to encourage developers to build the next generation of immersive digital experiences and make them available to everyone.
|Texters: Joe Holmes' Photos of People Texting|
|Messaging App to Message Some Guy Named Ethan|
|Dual-Lens Smartphone Cameras Are Coming|
|"We should be very careful about what software we use on a device that is always on and in our pocket 24h a day."|
|iPhone and iPad Clip-On Camera Lenses|
|“Governments around the world are dramatically increasing their efforts to manipulate information on social media.”|
|“A photograph of the last male northern white rhinoceros.”|
|“Session replay scripts collect can’t reasonably be expected to be kept anonymous.”|
|“When automation starts displacing lawyers, accountants and bankers, then we might see some push-back.”|
|How to Avoid Jury Duty|
|“Astronomers have sent a radio message to a neighbouring star system.”|
|iotacons: Pixelated Art by Andy Rash|
|“A fraudster poses as an attractive woman and encourages a man to masturbate in front of a webcam.”|
|“Semis, not personal cars, are the smartest use of autonomous technology.”|
|Short Story of Similar Objects|
|CaptchaTweet: Write Tweets in Captcha Form|
|“The homemade airplane does indeed fly!”|