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Low Cost Virtual Reality Headsets with Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard

The Google Cardboard project is a fun way to experience virtual reality with your phone and software apps.

You might think virtual reality (VR) headsets costs hundreds of dollars. But you’d be wrong. The Google Cardboard project offers free VR headset plans you can build yourself, or pay $20+ for a pre-made certified headset that works with your Android or iPhone smartphone.

It’s called the Google Cardboard project. You can download for free a to scale design pattern to cut out your own headset from cardboard you have. Or buy one pre-made. In either case, you can download apps that give your smartphone and VR headset a real virtual experience of roller coasters, Google Street View, or other fun things. The virtual reality effects are amazing.

If you do buy a Google Cardboard headset, it needs to say Works With Google Cardboard (WWGC) to meet their standards and work with VR apps.

Google Cardboard Materials

  • You’ll need to download the headset plans from Google or buy a Google Cardboard headset from https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/get-cardboard/
  • Search the iTunes and/or Google Play stores for the term, ‘Google Cardboard apps.’ At the least, download the Google Cardboard app. There are other VR apps to download, as well.
  • An Android or iPhone phone.

The quickest and easiest way to experience Google Cardboard is to buy an approved headset. I bought an I AM CARDBOARD model for $19.99 USD.

 

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