With Google I/O 2015 presently underway we can be sure of plenty of big announcements coming out of the designer event, however there will certainly likewise be a couple of smaller sized ones that while not most likely to alter the world however must not be undervalued. One such announcement is the availability of Google Cardboard for iOS.
For those not up to speed on Google Cardboard, this is the, well, cardboard accessory which was originally revealed last year at I/O 2014. It has a slot for a smartphone to be put into it.
The phone then drives exactly what is now essentially a virtual truth headset of sorts, and while it may not be up to the requirements of Oculus, it’s definitely much better than nothing. Up until today Google Cardboard was just offered to those making use of Android smartphones. Now though, those with an iPhone 5c or above can benefit from the little box that could.
Google Cardboard app for iOS permits iPhone users to configure Cardboard and it even has a few little virtual reality experiences for Cardboard owners to try out. Today the app is just offered in the U.S. App Store which is most likely connected to the reality that you need to get Google to send the real Cardboard portion of the headset out to you prior to the app is of any use.
Google is pushing Cardboard when again at this year’s Google I/O, with a slant towards education presently seeing Cardboard used to help students go on virtual field journeys. No more heading out in the cold and rain to see some architecture, or at least that’s the theory.
The Google Cardboard app is free and offered to download now. The Cardboard itself can be purchased from Google’s partners, though you may wish to get the freshened version which was announced today as it is easier to assemble than ins 2013 model, includes support for smartphones up to 6-inches and has a button that now works with any smartphone as well.
(Download: Google Cardboard for iPhone on the App Store)