iPhones could be Google VR viewers, too
As we walked out of in the present day’s Google I/O keynote, we — and all different keynote attendees — have been handed the second-era model of Cardboard, Google’s low-tech effort at a VR headset. As was introduced on the keynote itself, the brand new Cardboard is designed to suit telephones which are 6-inches or bigger, which is sensible given the dimensions of Google’s personal Nexus 6. It is also now a lot simpler to arrange; in simply three straightforward steps. One other enchancment is that it not has the magnetic ring set off of the unique, which apparently did not work with all telephones. Now it has a easy prime button that when pressed, prompts a lever coated in capacitive tape — consider it as a cardboard finger touching the telephone’s display. This, in fact, makes the Cardboard viewer suitable with much more telephones — together with, sure, the iPhone.
I had the prospect to check out the brand new viewer with each a Nexus 6 and an iPhone 6, and properly, it definitely is straightforward to place collectively. Simply snap out the velcro, fold the pre-scored items of cardboard, put in your telephone, and voila — you’ve got acquired a VR headset. The highest button can also be far simpler to push down, giving it a really ViewMaster really feel. As for content material, Google additionally introduced the brand new Cardboard app for iOS right now, together with an up to date Cardboard SDK for builders to construct VR apps for Apple’s cellular OS as nicely. The demo apps for iOS are just a little totally different — there’s an Exhibit app of various museums plus a colourful kaleidoscope — however the expertise is similar to the one on Android. Pictures are surprisingly colourful and sharp, although I did expertise a little bit of lag when transitioning between totally different screens.
As ever, Cardboard will not have the identical constancy and immersiveness as one thing just like the Oculus Rift or Gear VR — there isn’t any hazard of sunshine leaking by means of, for instance — nevertheless it’s fairly nice for what is actually only a piece of cardboard and a few lenses. If you need one for your self, you will need to both make it your self from Google’s personal specs, or get one from Dodocase for round $25. Oh, and that Cardboard app for iOS? It is out already, so go on and check out it out when you have an iPhone and that new Cardboard viewer mendacity round.