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News Google introduces cardboard virtual reality rival

Discussion in 'Article Discussion' started by Gareth Halfacree, 26 Jun 2014.

  1. KidMod-Southpaw

    KidMod-Southpaw Super Spamming Saiyan

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    You're telling me you don't already?

    I'm waiting for Apple's iteration of the device: "We've reinvented the stereoscope!"
     
  2. XXAOSICXX

    XXAOSICXX Minimodder

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    I think you'll find Apple actually patented this device in the early 16th Century :p

    Plus, I saw some rounded edges on that cardboard. Lawsuit.
     
  3. supermonkey

    supermonkey Deal with it

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    Hasbro created the My3D for iPhones a few years ago. I guess you could say Apple got there first, in a roundabout sort of way. :p

    Edit: Nevermind, I suppose Sony could argue prior art.
     
  4. David

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    Printed and cut out the template last night - just need to find a decent sized sheet of cardboard and then I'll have a crack this at the weekend.
     
  5. supermonkey

    supermonkey Deal with it

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    I had some free time today as well as a bit of cardboard, so I gave this a try. I don't think it works very well. My cardboard may have been a bit thick - though I don't think it was - but I could not get the viewer assembled very well at all.

    I printed the template and glued it to the cardboard, then cut out all of the pieces with an X-Acto knife. Right off the bat I figured something was off because the lens holder (the piece on page 1 of the template) was far too thick. I think it has an extra piece. Indeed, if you watch the little animation on the g.co/cardboard page, the lens holder is only 2 pieces thick, not 3 as in the template. I ended up cutting off the right-hand piece just to get it to fit inside the assembly. Regardless, the assembly doesn't come together very well either, and once you double up the top-left piece on page 3 the whole assembly becomes far too bulky to fit together properly. Once I got my phone inside, I just crammed the whole thing together and squeezed it to keep it from falling to pieces.

    Admittedly I did this without the proper lenses. I wanted to test it out to see if I could do it without actual lenses because some antique stereoscopes don't necessarily require them either. Unfortunately the phone is held at such a close distance that the lenses are necessary in this case. In the end, I tossed the cardboard viewer, held my phone at arms length, and just crossed my eyes to get the 3D view.

    The Google Cardboard app itself was kind of a let down. Of course it's a demo of sorts, so I wasn't expecting anything great, but I think the content could have been better. In the end the whole thing was a bit of a let down.

    In summary, I spent an hour this afternoon doing some paper crafting and have nothing really to show for it. :(
     
  6. peepalala

    peepalala What's a Dremel?

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    I want to try Shadowgun VR, but it requires a bluetooth controller and my hands are already full with google cardboard.
     
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  7. darknessblade

    darknessblade What's a Dremel?

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    if you're interested:
    http://forums.bit-tech.net/showthread.php?t=285028

    i recently started modding mine since i did not fit my phone at all.
    its a tital overhaul.
     
  8. addseo1118

    addseo1118 What's a Dremel?

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    You all shared the great links. It's so helpful.
    Thanks for sharing.
     

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