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Google Cardboard goes open source (as Google moves away from smartphone VR)

Folks who attended the Google IO conference in 2013 got a free Chromebook Pixel worth $1,300. A year later, Google gave attendees a piece of cardboard… But Google Cardboard was a surprise hit of Google IO 2014, because when you followed the company’s instructions to fold up the cardboard, insert glasses, and then put your […]

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Nyko’s PixelQuest turns Nintendo Switch into a mini arcade cabinet (with cardboard)

Cats have known for years that cardboard isn’t just for shipping packages in. But these days cardboard is also having its moment as a tech accessory. A few years after Google introduced a cardboard kit that could turn a smartphone into a virtual reality headset, Nintendo introduced its Labo family of cardboard kits that you […]

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Nintendo Labo turns the Switch into a piano, fishing rod, robot or more… with cardboard kits

Cardboard: it’s not just for boxes (and cheap virtual reality headsets) anymore. Nintendo has launched a new set of cardboard kits that you can assemble at home to extend the functionality of a Nintendo Switch game console in ways that are… honestly kind of odd, but also very cool. Nintendo Labo is a platform that […]

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Do you actually use smartphone-based VR systems? (Daydream, Cardboard, Gear VR)

A few weeks ago a friend who doesn’t keep up on the latest tech trends asked me about virtual reality, so I explained that right now you can break things into expensive, PC-based systems like the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift, or cheaper, but less powerful smartphone-based solutions like Samsung Gear VR, Google Daydream, and […]

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Google said to be developing a VR headset (that doesn’t use your smartphone)

Oculus, HTC, and Sony are expected to launch virtual reality headsets this year, but Google beat all of those companies to the punch when it introduced a piece of folded cardboard with a few lenses that lets you use your phone for virtual reality and 360-degree video experiences. Now the company is reportedly getting ready […]

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VR for the masses: Over 5 million Cardboard headsets shipped

There’s probably no cheaper way to experience virtual reality (or at least 360-degree video experiences) than with Google Cardboard. Just pick up a kit for around $10 – $20, fold it together, and slide your phone into place to turn it into a VR headset. So are people actually doing that? Yep. Google says in […]

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Lilbits 310: Google protects Cardboard

Google Cardboard is a platform for turning your smartphone into a virtual reality headset using a folded piece of cardboard and a few lenses to adjust the focal distance. It’s probably the cheapest way to experience VR, assuming you’ve already got a phone. A growing number of mobile apps let you do everything from explore […]

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OnePlus is giving away Cardboard VR headsets (for your phone)

Smartphone maker OnePlus plans to reveal its second phone on July 27th, and the company is holding an unusual press event: the whole thing will be streamed live over the internet in virtual reality. But what if you don’t have a VR headset? No problem… OnePlus is giving them away. Well, kind of. OnePlus designed […]

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Google Cardboard for iOS: Hands-on with the low-cost VR headset

Google announced an updated version of Google Cardboard last week, allowing the low-cost virtual reality headset to work with larger sized smartphones. It is also easier to put together, and is now compatible with iOS devices. Android users have had a full year with the do-it-yourself VR kit. But, if you are wondering how the experience fairs on […]