Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard is an inexpensive viewing tool for virtual reality. There area variety of apps that can be downloaded and used with the Google Cardboard. A series of videos exist on YouTube that can be viewed in 360 degrees, including some from the current presidential race. It is reasonably simple to make your own 360 degree videos. I haven’t done it personally yet, but I know another librarian who has been creating them in her library- particularly with a renovation project. There are a plethora of musical experiences that can occur using Google Cardboard. Personally, I really enjoy trying out the roller coasters available on Cardboard- there are both independent apps and YouTube videos.

The Google Cardboard is easy to put together, but certain phones might not fit well depending on the size of them and the cardboard. This can be problematic with “free” apps that have ads pop up right where the cardboard touches the phone screen. Other than that, it is pretty simple to use and can be a lot of fun for exploring.

There is an article on the applications libraries can use virtual reality for available here.

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