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Topic # 190816 13-Jan-2016 17:07
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I got a Google cardboard VR headset today at PB Tech. (Just under $35). 

I installed the Google Cardboard app (and Cardboard camera) on my One+ 2 android phone. I went through the app's calibration, matching it to the "Google I/O 2015" cardboard headset.

The result was actually pretty good. I had tried the cardboard app with my Samsung Gear VR...and the result was VR that was very jittery....jumping all over the place. But if the app is calibrated to a particular headset, it seemed to perform much better...though I am also using a different phone. It might be the phone. :-)  

I was really impressed by the result. Google Cardboard works with any Android phone that has a gyro and won't fall out of the box (and has a reasonable screensize / resolution).  

I was glad it came with a headband to hold it on (just glued velcro mounts, though, so don't pull too hard) and it also had a magnetic "button" for allowing the phone to detect you want to make a selection. Amazing.....and it works! No manual scrolling, though. You have to look.  There are a lot of apps for it, too. 

For $35, how could you not?  





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  Reply # 1470188 13-Jan-2016 17:11
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Yes its great - although not any handset will work (you need to have a gyro?) - something the Samsung Galaxy A range don't have for example.

Edit: Did you add the gyro or did I miss it? :-)




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  Reply # 1470189 13-Jan-2016 17:12
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n4: Yes its great - although not any handset will work (you need to have a gyro?) - something the Samsung Galaxy A range don't have for example.


I realised I left that out and then saw your comment 2 seconds later. :-)   I've amended it. 

Thanks. :-)




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I prefer using the Cardboard without the headband, meaning you have to hold onto it with two hands.  Results in slower movement (as you have to move your whole torso, rather than just your neck), and lessens motion sickness.  Titans of Space was a good app to show it off.



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  Reply # 1471603 15-Jan-2016 09:08
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The glue on the velcro headband mount gave up on the right side. Got out the stapler. So far, so good. 




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  Reply # 1471628 15-Jan-2016 09:32
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There is some neat ones included with the Star Wars app too. Had a story board leading up to the release with some nifty sound/video effects on Jakku if you have headphones in

I got  a cheapo cardboard from a 5 pack from DX, seems OK however, front flap comes down and your phone is stuck to it with a rubber band before folding back up and securing with Velcro shut.

Magnet on the side for flick selection using the reed switch in devices

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