Google’s Virtual Reality Headset Made Available in UK, Cost’s £15 Only
Google has launched a basic virtual reality headset in the UK for just £15. It has been less than 2 years since it was first unveiled; Google has made it easy to buy in the UK. You can buy a single cardboard for £15, or a pack of two for just £25. If you don’t want to buy it then you can make it; Google has released instructions about how to make it.
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It is made of corrugated cardboard, folded to make a no-frills enclosure. You then have to put a mobile that will act as a display. When you put on the headset, lenses show images to the right and right eye. Using a Google app, videos and 3D images can be viewed.
This year, rumors are circulating that a California-based company is working to upgrade cardboard, and it is expected to release later this year. Rumors are also circulating that Google is bolstering their android support for virtual reality and is developing a system that will rival Gear VR.
Google’s Low Cost Virtual Reality Headset
Google’s Low tech gadget was introduced last year, it was given to attendees during developer’s conference. With a piece of cardboard and your cell phone, you see pretty amazing stuff, said Google. They want everyone to experience VR in a fun, simple, and inexpensive way. Google said that VR has made great progress over past few years; however, developing VR requires specialized hardware which is expensive.
Google also plans to solve latency problem with Virtual Reality – There is a delay in head movement and video streaming, which can leave users dizzy. Google is set to develop its android OS to incorporate virtual reality support, instead of dedicated VR app.
During a Mountain View-based company’s earnings announcements, Sundar Pichai said that cardboard was first step towards VR. He added that “Beyond these early efforts, you’ll see a lot more from us and our partners in 2016.
In the end of January, Google on its official blog provided update on success of cardboard; its low cost first step into the world of virtual reality. The headset costs just few pounds and people can build it without much efforts. Cardboard uses a smartphone display, which has a special app that shows 3D images and Videos by splitting.
Virtual Reality Headset’s Success
To date, five million units of cardboard headsets have been shipped worldwide and over 25 million apps have been installed from Google Play, Android Application Store. This year, Google also posted job adverts that were dedicated to Virtual reality hardware.
In an interview given to Time Magazine, head of Cardboard Project, Clay Bavor; said, “The amazing thing about Cardboard is that it’s truly VR for everyone with a smartphone.”
“We think there’s something powerful and important in that. Is that the end of the line? Of course, it’s not the end of the line.”
“I think if you imagine the types of things that a company with the ambition and the technical resources and the know-how of Google would be working on, we’re working on a lot of those things.”
Virtual reality headsets have gained a lot of attention in the past decade. Analysts believe that devices that rely on smartphones will see faster uptake as compared to Dedicated Virtual Hardware, provided a way into the virtual reality word.