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Google made a slew of bulletins throughout the outlet keynote of its builder’s convention, Google I/O, at mos cone Centre in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Whereas the likes of Android L (the next main release of Android) and Android One (inexpensive Android handsets with regular software updates) grabbed all the headlines, on the finish of the keynote, Sunder Pica, Senior up, Google, teased a small undertaking called ‘Cardboard’.

Cardboard is a cheaper VR headset made by means of a bunch of Google engineers of their 20 % time.

“Thinking about the right way to make VR accessible to more folks, a bunch of VR enthusiasts at Google experimented with the usage of a smartphone to drive VR experiences,” Google says in a web page introducing the headset. “The outcome is Cardboard, a no-frills enclosure that transforms a telephone right into a normal VR headset, and the accompanying open device toolkit that makes writing VR device as simple as constructing an internet or cell app.”

Google distributed Cardboard to all I/O attendees and also posted DIY instructions for folk to make their own version of the headset using cardboard, lenses, magnets, Velcro, rubber band, and (optionally) an NFC tag.

Upon inserting a NFC smartphone working Android four.2 or above inside the Cardboard, customers can expertise VR the usage of the Cardboard partner app for Android, on hand from Google Play. Builders can create their very own Cardboard experiences the usage of the SDK.

Whereas Cardboard is evidently no longer meant as a competitor for Sony’s project Morpheus or fib’s Oculus Rift, it shows Google is thinking about the subject, and one may see a major VR providing from the internet giant in the close to future.