Google Cardboard is the clever new bit of kit everyone’s talking about. It’s a beautifully simple flatpack headset for VR (Virtual Reality) or AR (Augmented Reality) that you construct yourself.
It was first introduced at the Google l/O 2014 Conference where they handed out the Android version to all attendees. The following year they did the same with iOS friendly model and, astonishingly, throughout January 2016 5 million Google Cardboard viewers were shipped out, and more than 1,000 compatible apps had been published.
A key aspect of Google Cardboard is that although the specifications were designed by Google, the headset is made out of low-cost components and can be manufactured and assembled by anybody. VR for Everyone.
Google Cardboard is a perfect way for Striking Places to showcase Photo Spheres from our most interesting virtual tours, currently including Westminster Abbey, Aylett Nurseries, Dismaland, New Forest Show and Miscellanea of Churt.
Photo Spheres loaded to the Street View app allow you to be transported elsewhere in 3D. You really feel like you’re standing in Westminster Abbey or Aylett’s dahlia field, looking up at the incredible gothic architecture or out over the sunny herbaceous garden.
So, time to hitch a ride on the Google Cardboard flight into virtual reality!
Download both Google Cardboard & Google Street View from your App store.
You can access your virtual experience by going in through either the Cardboard app or the Street View app. The Google Cardboard app is like a library through which you can access the apps you can use with your Google Cardboard. For the purposes of variety I will explain how to go through Google Cardboard on an Android phone, and Street View Trusted on an iPhone.
You can see all the spheres by Striking Places by selecting the round photo of Jo Hailey (as seen above). There are some really lovely ones there – Aylett Nurseries, the New Forest Show and many more. Enjoy!
….simply click on the round profile photo of Jo Hailey (as seen above) and all the Striking Places spheres will be visible to you. There are some really lovely ones there; Aylett Nurseries, the New Forest Show and many more. Enjoy!
You can also access all sorts of games and fun apps. Once you’ve explored all the places across the globe virtually have a look around for some more ways to enjoy Google Cardboard.