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 […]

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 […]

Xiaomi’s first VR headset is… a fancy version of Google Cardboard

Xiaomi is dipping its toes in the virtual reality space. But the company’s first VR product isn’t set to compete with high-end headsets like the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. Instead, the Mi VR Play Headset is a variation on Google Cardboard. It’s basically a case designed to let you strap a smartphone to your […]

Alcatel Idol 4S smartphone with VR goggles ships August 3rd for $400 (Pre-order July 15th for $350)

ZTE isn’t the only company offering a smartphone with high-end specs and a less-than-high-end price. Alcatel’s Idol 4S smartphone goes up for pre-order July 15th for $350 and ships starting August 3rd. First unveiled in February, this phone features a 5.5 inch, 2560 x 1440 pixel AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor, 3GB of […]

OnePlus is giving away VR headsets ahead of OnePlus 3 launch

Looking for a device that lets you strap a phone to your face to watch 360 degree videos and engage in virtual reality experiences? There’s no shortage of Google Cardboard-style headsets on the market… but Chinese smartphone maker OnePlus has a fancy new plastic headset with built-in straps that should make extended VR sessions a […]

2nd View-Master VR will support more phones, more features

Mattel re-invented the View-Master for the virtual reality age in 2015 by introducing a Google Cardboard-like headset that could hold a smartphone and turn it into a display for VR experiences. Now there’s a new model on the way, and, among other things, it’s designed to work better with phones featuring a range of screen […]

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 […]

Google Plastic? Report says Google is working on a new VR headset for smartphones

This year we’re expecting powerful, expensive virtual reality devices like the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and Sony PlayStation VR to hit the streets. But Google started to bring VR experiences into the mainstream nearly two years ago by introducing Google Cardboard: a cheap, DIY headset that uses your smartphone as a screen. Now the Financial […]

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 […]

Get a free Google Cardboard headset (Star Wars edition)

Looking for an easy and affordable way to give this whole virtual reality craze a try? It doesn’t get much simpler than Google Cardboard… and right now it doesn’t get much cheaper either, because Google is giving away free Star Wars-themed Cardboard headsets. Just visit the Play Store, choose you design (R2-D2, BB-8, Kylo Ren, […]