If you want to experience a cool virtual reality headset, but don’t have that much money to invest for this kind of product, Google now has you covered with their Cardboard VR viewer, which you can purchase at $15 per piece.
Until recently, customers could only buy the Cardboard in combination with other products or by going through third party resellers. Now, however, the company has allowed fans to purchase the product directly from their web store.
People can now purchase it for just $15 a piece and if you want to give someone a nice surprise and offer them a taste of the virtual reality experience, Google is kind enough to let you buy two products for $25. If you expect to find it in every country, however, you will be in for a disappointment as the Cardboard is only available in the U.S.
This paper-based product is compatible with most Android and iOS smartphones, which have a display of up to 6 inches.
In the same category of Google’s web store, you will discover the Google Tech C1 Glass VR Viewer, as well as Mattel’s View-Master goggles. These are basically similar to the Cardboard VR Viewer, just slightly more comfortable.
The Mattel product was released in 2015, has a plastic housing and can be purchased for $30.
Google’s decision to make this product more accessible for consumers means we’re stepping into the portable VR era at an accelerated rate.
As some of you may remember, when Samsung was present at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this February, they promised to give consumers a free Gear VR for every Galaxy S7 or S7 Edge pre-order.
Alcatel has also made a step in this direction, by announcing that their new Idol 4 will be shipped in a box which doubles as a VR viewer. LG is not too far behind either, having already developed a prototype of their own VR headset.
The Google Cardboard is a virtual reality and augmented reality product, which can be used with a mobile phone. Created by Damien Henry and David Coz, it is supposed to pique people’s interest and curiosity in AR and VR applications.
It was launched in 2014 and since then there have been more than 5 million units sold, with over 1,000 compatible applications published.
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