The ongoing Google I/O developers conference will see many new developments. On the first day of the conference, Google has already made some announcements, one of them being a second version of Google Cardboard, the virtual reality viewer. The latest design of the Cardboard will make it possible to use a phone with a larger size, of up to 6 inches. There are many other improvements in the newer version of this VR viewer. Last year at the I/O, Google had launched the original version of Cardboard, which fits lenses and a magnetic switch in a paper box.
What will the Second Version of Cardboard Have?
Apart from allowing large sized phones, other improvements will also be available for the users. The magnet controller which is there in the current version will not be there in the second version. It will be replaced with a cardboard button which will work with all phones. Assembling can also be done in lesser steps than earlier.
Google has also unveiled Cardboard virtual reality app for iOS devices. iPhone users will be able to travel around city environments with the app. They can also use a virtual kaleidoscope and see 3D objects from a museum collection. The Cardboard app was only available for Android users until now and it has been downloaded more than a million times.
The software development kit will also support iOS now, which means developers can now create Cardboard compatible apps which will work in Android as well as iOS devices.
Bringing VR to the Classroom
Google is introducing a school program to bring virtual reality to classrooms. The company is trying to create a learning opportunity for the students by handing out the Cardboard kits. With virtual reality use, ‘field trips’ will come to schools.
Google is providing “Expeditions,” a box of Cardboard headsets and a tool with which teachers can control the VR experience using a tablet. Each set costs around $20. Teachers can sign up for the program so that students can experience the virtual field trips right from their classrooms. The VR experience that the students will get is expected to improve with Google and GoPro’s new camera rig.
Google has already teamed up with many educational organizations to improve this project and they claimed that already “hundreds” of classes have gone on Expeditions.
Let us wait and see what new developments are announced by Google in the second day of the I/O.
What’s your thought?
Do you think second version of Cardboard will be more helpful to the users? Can virtual reality really enhance the learning system? Share your thoughts in the comments below.
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