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The biggest buzz out of Google IO may not have been all of their tech, but rather their very low tech Google Cardboard contraption that resembles a View-Master.
Rather than display still images, it allows for an Android smartphone to be slid in the back and delivers a very convincing virtual reality experience complete with 3D imagery and head tracking.
Google published the design of the device online and DodoCase (among many other companies) created replicas. I picked up the DodoCase version on their site for around $30 with shipping.
It works great with a Galaxy S4, but anything larger might not fit too well. I did notice that there was some 'drifting' of the scene even when I wasn't moving my head. It doesn't look like the apps available for the Google VR toolkit support any kind of calibration at the moment.
I wasn't expecting much but I was beyond pleased with the quality of the VR using this very low tech headset. It will be interesting to see what Google does with this next - especially given how low the cost of entry will be to get people thinking about how to develop applications using the platform.
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