What is Google Cardboard?
Google Cardboard is both an app and a flatpack cardboard viewfinder. The cardboard viewfinders, which range in price from about £1 upwards, are assembled into units which hold a smartphone in the front and simulate a 360-degree environment for the user. The free app (for iOS and Android) turns your mobile device into a 360 image recorder, so you can create your own immersive environments.
Constructing a Google Cardboard viewfinder
The following video demonstrates how to construct a standard flatpack viewfinder:
Google Cardboard also supports video content and the University of Brighton’s eLearning team have a few Ricoh Theta cameras which can record environments in 360. This can be captured using the Ricoh Theta app on a smartphone.
Potential uses for Google Cardboard
- Provide a virtual tour of a space.
- Training simulation video.
- Capturing an event or session in 360 for formative learning.
- Make a learning object more immersive – requires more attention; less distraction etc.
- There are many free apps for learning. One of these is ‘A Walk Through Dementia‘.