Google’s Answer To Facebook’s Oculus Rift Is Cheap “Cardboard”

Google Cardboard VR Goggles I was blown away when I recently strapped on the Oculus Rift headset and experienced the potential of virtual reality (VR). Facebook saw that potential and spent roughly $2 billion on the company earlier this year. At last week's Google I/O, the company introduced its answer to Oculus Rift and may have largely undermined Facebook's move to dominate the virtual-reality future of the internet. The image at right is Google's cardboard headset. It uses a smartphone, some open-source software and a few other bits of inexpensive hardware to create a low-cost VR headset. The company introduced [...]

Up Close With Google Views, 360º Photo Spheres Plotted On Google Maps

Last year, Android gained "Photo Sphere" functionality, the ability for people to take 360 degree photos. It's very cool, something I've used plenty. Now Google's making it easier to find and share this type of photography with a new "Google Views" area within Google Maps. Viewing Photo Spheres Google Views, which Google announced today, allows people to browse through a collection of popular Photo Spheres through a column along the side or select places that have panoramic photography as plotted on a map: The bulk of the page is taken up by a featured Photo Sphere. However, you can [...]

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