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How to get started with Google Cardboard. Google, one of the largest and most influential tech companies on the planet, decided to enter the virtual reality space with a smartphone shell made of cardboard.

How to get started with Google Cardboard

True story! It gave away a kit to Google I/O attendees in 2014, and then posted the plans online so anyone with an empty pizza box or stray shipping carton could hack together a lo-fi VR device with a handful of cheap parts. Cardboard might sound silly, but it has caught on in a serious way: the plans have been downloaded more than 500,000 times, there are dozens upon dozens of compatible apps, and now LG and Mattel are creating plastic versions.

You can even buy a standard cardboard viewer from third-party companies if you don’t want to make one yourself. Whether you plan to build or buy, it’s easy to get started with this entry-level, ultra-affordable VR experience. Why bother? What do I need? At the base level, you’ll need a phone that runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) or newer. What's next? Change is afoot. Best Google Cardboard alternatives: how to get VR on the cheap. Intro and Google Cardboard itself Ever since the Oculus Rift exploded onto the scene in 2012, the tech world has been obsessed with virtual reality.

Best Google Cardboard alternatives: how to get VR on the cheap

But while we're still waiting, well over three years later, for that particular headset to arrive, mobile virtual reality has happily been filling the gap. The most well-known portable headset is the Samsung Gear VR, which is a collaboration between Oculus and the Korean giant, but there are plenty of other devices that can turn your existing mobile phone into a virtual reality headset. Compatibility If you're an iOS user, making sure your phone is VR-ready is easy: anything from the iPhone 5 up will work with the headsets listed below.

On Android, things are less simple, but again, anything from the last few years is likely to work. Another one for Android users: you don't need to have a Google Cardboard headset to use the Google Cardboard app, and it makes the Android VR experience much easier. EdTech Trend: Google Cardboard. Wearable technology, including Google Glass or the newly launched Apple Watch, has made the news for years.

EdTech Trend: Google Cardboard

Former NFL punter Chris Kluwe even talked about it in this TED Talk. Although wearable tech is increasingly popular for those who can afford the investment, it’s not something that can easily be brought into the classroom. One affordable solution for placing wearable technology in the hands of your students is Google Cardboard. This easy-to-make (or inexpensive to purchase) device works with Android and iOS phones to give students a virtual reality experience.

Using special apps that divide the screen in half with different views, Google Cardboard let’s kids bring a smartphone to their face in a completely new way. 12 best Google Cardboard apps 2016 UK - Test Centre. Introducing Google Cardboard for the Classroom by @TheEdTechDude – So what’s going on here?

Introducing Google Cardboard for the Classroom by @TheEdTechDude –

Well our two eyes see independently from each other and it’s our brain which combines the two different images and makes sense of them. Ask if your class can name and describe any other senses. Explain that sight is just one of our senses and that we also smell, taste, hear and touch. It’s our brains that that make sense of all of these things, including the way we see the world. Ask your class some follow up questions like: Humans are not the only creatures who have two eyes, which other animals can you think of that have two eyes (yes, the list is pretty endless!). Building Cardboard Let’s get Google Cardboard out again. Maybe ask your pupils to research their favourite artist and colour / paint their headset in that style. Have fun with the process of creating the headsets. The Google Cardboard App As before, the Android app looks different and has more features.

Explorer – Takes you into some 360 degree panoramic and 3D photographs of famous places. Get A Free Star Wars Edition Google Cardboard...US Updates. Introducing Google Cardboard for the Classroom by @TheEdTechDude –