GOOGLE CARDBOARD – VR HEADSET REVIEW
Google Cardboard is VR at its simplest, designed to be a low-cost solution to convert an existing device into one that can view VR content. Not everyone is ready to plunk down a hundred dollars on virtual reality for the smartphone. Still, VR technology is coming up with some fun stuff, and it’s growing in popularity in business as well as entertainment.
If you’d like to get in on the trend, then Google Cardboard is a simple but effective virtual reality headset that is also inexpensive. It is the easiest and most accessible way to experience virtual reality. The viewer is just made of a single piece of cardboard that you fold and use with your Android or Apple smartphone. It has two plastic lenses and doesn’t use a headstrap. You just hold it up to your forehead. It’s really just an entry-level headset for dabbling with VR experiences. You wouldn’t use cardboard to watch a full television show. However, you can play some virtual reality games with it.
It costs only around $15 (Buy at Amazon.com). There are third-party manufacturers that have the Google Cardboard badge to create similar devices as well. Since Google Cardboard was first released, the technology has improved, and Google offers developers two platforms for creating their own apps. Other VR headsets on the market also work with Google Cardboard apps. It also has an assembler, Google Jump, that lets you take 360-degree images using 16 cameras and combine them into a stereoscopic VR video.
Google says it’s shipped 10 million of its Cardboard VR viewers since they first appeared in 2014. People have made 160 million downloads of Cardboard apps on Google Play, and 30 Cardboard titles have over a million downloads apiece.
Google Cardboard: Which is the best smartphone for Google Cardboard?
Smartphone is really what Cardboard needs to work. Google Cardboard is designed to work with both Android and iOS, with apps on both platforms. As Google Cardboard uses lenses to magnify the smartphone display, the higher the pixel density the better. If you have a display with a low resolution spread over a large area, the lenses will make it easier to see the pixels and the image won’t be as pleasant. One of the highest pixel densities you’ll find is on the Sony Xperia Z5 Premium, with a 5.5-inch, 3840 x 2160 pixels, 806ppi. It’s the highest resolution device out there at the moment, with the highest pixel density. When under the
magnifying lenses of a Cardboard viewer, it offers a better visual experience.
Although there isn’t much content that uses higher resolutions, pixel density makes a difference, so something like the Samsung Galaxy S6 will look better than the iPhone 6. One resolution exception is YouTube’s 360 content that gives access to higher resolution content. On the Z5 Premium you can
ratchet it up to higher resolutions like 2160 and you’ll really see the difference over full HD, as you can with 1440 content on Quad HD devices.
The chances are, however, that as long as your smartphone will fit into a Google Cardboard viewer, you’ll be able to use it.
Elsewhere you’ll need headphones, or the speakers on your phone cranked up. Due to the virtual surround stereo effects used in lots of VR content, if you’re just using phone speakers, then a model with twin front-facing speakers will be better. Again, the iPhone’s bottom speaker is less well suited. However, headphones offer much more immersive sound.
Google Cardboard: How to use it without Gyroscope?
Many Mid range smartphones are being manufactured without a sensor called GyroScope. For those people who don’t know what a gyroscope is, It is a sensor which uses the Earth’s gravity to determine the orientation. But you won’t find this sensor in many mid range smartphones like Moto X Play, Moto G 3rd Generation, Many Samsung Galaxy Models etc.
So it’s not really a important sensor for your smartphone but it’s important for virtual reality. Developer Frazew made an application that uses difference sensors in your device to simulate Gyroscope data. It combines sensor data from compass and accelerate to make a custom virtual gyroscope data. In simple words it fools other applications to think that this data is coming from a real Gyroscope sensor. So how to use VR without Gyroscope.
- Rooted Android Device
- Xposed Framework
- Enable Unknown Source In Your Security settings
Install Virtual Sensor :
- Go to download section in your xposed installer app
- Search for VirtualSensor
- Then download and install it
- After installing to activate this xposed module reboot your android device
It’s so simple. Now no more setups needed. Just open any app like google cardboard or other vr apps. It will work so nice.
Google Cardboard: Games and content
Google is one of the groundbreakers for VR headset technology for the smartphone, and as such it has a large number of apps that you can download and enjoy. Many are free.
Google’s VR experience initially runs through the Google Cardboard app. This contains the setup software, a process that’s minimal. Again, like Android Wear, it also lines up featured VR apps you can install and is a central place to quickly get to many VR apps you have. There are a wide range of Cardboard apps available.
Google Cardboard: Current challenges
Google Cardboard is an enabler. The concept of a cheap cardboard viewer puts VR within the grasp of pretty much anyone with a smartphone. There are better phones that give you a better experience, but the wide-ranging universality of Cardboard has plenty of appeal. However, the Cardboard viewer won’t last forever. When passed from person to person, packaged up and carried around, it will attract wear
and tear fairly quickly. In these cases, if you’re turning into a power Cardboard user, you might want to invest in one of the more substantial systems (like Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Samsung Gear or Google Daydream).
The lack of a head strap and padding is also a limiter to the Cardboard format. There are rumours that Google is looking to develop something more substantial and we can see that there’s a need to do so. If the Cardboard ecosystem is to grow, we’ll probably need to move beyond a cardboard viewer for regular use. Navigation is also something of an issue. Although there’s some standardisation, there are a wide range of experiences. Something like Jaunt VR is a long way ahead of some of the other apps available.
Google Cardboard is not the most sophisticated virtual reality headset on the market, and since it’s made of cardboard, it’s not the sturdiest.
However, it’s inexpensive, fun, and still gives an immersive experience. It’s a great gift for someone getting started with virtual reality with the smartphone or for a casual user. Cardboard is a low-cost DIY virtual reality headset that anyone can build, with a software platform that makes it incredibly easy for app developers to add VR support to their creations. There’s some wonderful content for Cardboard. Just as Oculus and Vive might be pushing a breakthrough VR experience, Cardboard is a vital foundation ecosystem in this experimental world of VR.
If you’re a VR fan, or just VR curious, then Cardboard is a great place to start. In some cases you won’t be blown away. In some cases you’ll find it irritating that developers haven’t embraced better navigation frameworks or offered higher quality video. But in other cases you’ll be grabbed, immersed, entertained and educated.
Need to know
Screen compatibility: Works universally