Erica Flores

Google is open cardboard supply now that Daydream is dead

In October, Google officially discontinued its Daydream View VR headphones, and the company moved a step further from its initial virtual reality telephone-based leadership position today by announcing that Cardboard software is open, its VR headphones "no frills." . I had already "opened" the real viewer of Cardboard VR by publishing its technical specifications so that anyone can download, so is It's good to see that Google opens the software too.

Google says it has sent "more than 15 million [Cardboard] units worldwide", but it has been seen that the use of cardboard "decreases over time." That doesn't surprise me, unfortunately, I just don't think there are many compelling uses for cardboard, beyond its initial novelty. I remember playing with a free cardboard viewer of one of Google’s promotions with the New York Times, and although it was great that once we used it, I haven't been asking for another cardboard experience since then.

Introduced in 2014, Cardboard was one of the first VR DIY kits, which followed projects such as FOV2GO, and helped start years of interest in virtual reality based on the phone. Now, however, that trend is officially over, seemingly without a way to buy Oculus' Gear VR in the US. UU. And Google discontinuing Daydream. Now that Google has opened the original card, I suppose that means that the virtual reality based on the phone has officially ended.

Google says that contributing to the Cardboard open source project by "adding new features," but beyond committing to add an SDK package for Unity, it doesn't specify what those features might be. If you want to check the project yourself, Google has shared the developer’s documentation and uploaded the Cardboard SDK to a GitHub repository.