What's Google Cardboard?
Google Cardboard functions just like a stereoscope does, albeit with a phone as opposed to two static images operating as the object to be viewed. Essentially, taking two identical (neglecting distortion and slight angular differences) images and projecting them into the human eye will create the illusion of a 3-dimensional image, since our binocular vision gives us the ability to perceive depth.
Cardboard is powered by an Android phone, which, with the proper app, will divide the phone's screen in half and output two images; one to be projected into each eye. "Cardboard is great because it puts virtual, and augmented, reality into people's hands for little cost. It's just like the View-Master I had when I was a child except Google Cardboard takes it to the extreme," said Nicholas Sischka, Vision Engineer at Edmund Optics.
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Additionally, Google has made the source code available to edit and to modify, giving users the ability to create their own programs and perform unique tasks. To learn more visit https://developers.google.com/cardboard/.
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