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Top 5 Google Cardboard Apps
The VR Revolution Is Here!
Virtual Reality and 3D have been around for many years, from the old 3D monster flicks of the 50's to the bulky VR headsets of the 90's. Thankfully, the tech has improved exponentially since those days and today, with Google Cardboard apps, nearly anyone can enjoy a much more realistic virtual reality experience.
Best of all, it doesn't have to set you back hundreds of dollars! Anyone with a smartphone and the VR headset can enjoy the experience.
What is Google Cardboard?
Google Cardboard is a virtual reality platform that allows anyone with a smartphone to turn it into a 3D viewfinder. Just construct the cardboard headset, insert your phone and launch a VR app. It's literally a DIY virtual reality machine!
You can buy the cardboard headset online from tons of different websites, or you can (link) make your own(link) with instructions directly from Google. Don't worry if you aren't and Android guy or gal, as Google Cardboard works with both Android and iPhone. After you have the headset, just run any VR app to experience it in 3D.
There are tons of games and videos to enjoy and explore already in the app store, and tons more appearing every day. Here are my top 5 Google Cardboard apps right now:
1) Tilt Brush Gallery
Tilt Brush is a popular design app already, but now you can view your designs in 3D with the gallery extension. For those with little or no design skills, don't worry! Tilt Brush Gallery comes with pre made designs from the pros. You can even watch footage of the designs as they are being created!
Find the app here. Be sure to have Tilt Brush on your phone, too.
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2) VR Roller Coaster
Skip the lines and overpriced snacks by riding a VR roller coaster! This particular app provides 150 degrees of loops and dives, along with plenty of amazing animation. They even added the ambiance of screaming riders to make you feel just as terrified as you would be if you had spent $100 on admission... er... been riding a real coaster!
Find the app here. Similar apps are available, but some work specifically with different VR headsets, so be sure to check before downloading.
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3) Tuscany Dive
Ever want to check out Tuscany? Grab your cardboard and your cell phone, and make the trip in two seconds! Tuscany Dive is a simple cardboard app that places you right into the beautiful city to look at everything you wish. Just tilt your head in any direction and you'll move that way. Explore all you want, without the hassle of travel.
Find the app here. Also be sure to search for apps featuring other popular world cities.
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4) Proton Pulse
For those who want to make a game out of their VR experience, buy the Proton Pulse app. Not only are the visuals amazing, but you get to play Breakout! Move your head around to swing a paddle and hit the ball. Break as many bricks as possible and advance to the next round. You can also use a controller to make the game easier, but where's the fun in that?
Find the app here. Fair warning, you may have too much fun with this game.
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5) Chair In A Room
In what may be the most self explanatory game title ever written, Chair In A Room is a VR Google Cardboard App that requires the player to solve the mystery of why they find themselves on a chair in a room. This thriller/horror game simply shows that you are sitting in a dimly lit room and it's up to you to piece together the clues to figure out how you got there.
Find the app here. The developers claim that the graphics may be too high quality for some devices, but it's worth a shot to try it out.
The Future Of Google Cardboard Apps And VR
Virtual Reality tech has really taken off in the past few years and, with Google Cardboard apps, it looks like it is here to stay for good. Developers ranging from small companies to large corporations are getting in the game, developing every kind of experience imaginable. It's only a matter of time until we have a whole new entertainment platform on our hands, right alongside television and film.