As only one of the world’s most innovative and techno-savvy companies can, the popular Internet search engine Google has created a whole new world, simply from cardboard. Obviously, we’re huge fans of their custom printed boxes, which have been reworked into a virtual reality experience that you can see on your iPhone, through an app and the cardboard viewfinder. Whether you want to travel to Paris, Tokyo, or — why not? — even Mars, the cardboard viewfinder sets you up for hours of fun, without the long flight.
How It Works
Remember those orange and red slide viewfinders that many of us looked into for hours in childhood? Well, Google Cardboard is like those were (well, if those basically came alive and showed you way more than just stills from popular Disney movies). You can travel across the globe, put yourself on stage at a rock concert, or “ski” down some of the world’s craziest black diamond slopes. You can even use the app to visit popular landmarks like Marie Antoinette’s Versailles Palace in France, with a tour guide! And Google staples, like Street View or Google Earth, are suddenly transformed into a three-dimensional, walking experience. All you have to do is download the app onto your smart phone, and slip the phone into the slot in the cardboard viewfinder.
Even teachers are using Google Cardboard to take their students all over the world — have your kiddos been to the Great Wall of China or the Pyramids of Egypt? It’s an entirely new kind of field trip, and one you’ll wish you had growing up. And don’t think this is just for the kids. You can take a helicopter tour of Manhattan, stroll the beaches of Greece or explore Denmark and all its splendor without leaving your living room. If you’re more of a thrill seeker, you can jump from buildings, ride intense roller coasters or go on tough treks, all through the virtual reality of cardboard. There are also plenty of games, rides and even space shuttle launches, all at your fingertips. If you’re a horror fan, games like “Sister” are perfect for you to discover the things that go bump in the night. Just don’t play alone!
Google Cardboard is proof…even if you don’t have access to all the best technology and smartest minds, you can still create something amazing from reused custom product or shipping boxes. They even give you step-by-step instructions on how to create your own viewfinder. So start creating today — you may find the next million-dollar idea.