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How to Play with Google Cardboard When You First Get It

This April, Facebook acquired the virtual reality technology company – Oculus Rift at $2.3 billion. Upon this news, virtual reality quickly became a popular issue that all major media scramble to report. At the Google I/O press event this June, the appearance of Google Cardboard indicates that Google participates in the battle of VR market. But the difference lies in the fact that unlike Oculus Rift, Sony Morpheus, Avegant Glyph, the VR gadget launched by Google do not need expensive hardware support; just an Android mobile phone and a Google Cardboard can constitute a simple virtual reality device. Google also launched the SDK – VR Toolkit, which can help the developers to combine their services and apps with the Cardboard together. Google's website states "By making it easy and inexpensive to experiment with VR, we hope to encourage developers to build the next generation of immersive digital experiences and make them available to everyone." Then what can we do when we first get or DIY a Google cardboard? Let's explore together.

The function of Cardboard's accessories

According to the Google cardboard official website, the magnet is used for clicking inside of demos. When you pull and release the ring, your phone's magnetometer detects changes in the magnetic field. Not all phones will be able to detect magnet pulls. You can use Cardboard without the magnet by sticking copper tape along the side of the viewer and having it come into contact with the phone screen. When you tap twice on the copper tape with your finger, the phone will react as if it had detected a magnet pull.

NFC tag:
NFC is used to trigger the launch of the Cardboard Android app automatically. Now let’s try to use NFC tag to make an app automatically launch.

  1. Install the NFC tag writer in our phone , we download the common version from Google play
  2. Run the App, and enter into the home interface. Create a new NFC data set, then follow the steps to make the choices: New ->Launch Application ->Use installed packagename -> Cardboard. Click Next at last.
  3. In the write options interface, you'd better not choose any option.
  4. Tap the NFC tag with the back of your phone. When you heard the beep, NFC tag’s write is done.
  5. Exit the app and keep the state of NFC opened. Paste the NFC tag to Google Cardboard. When we are putting the phone into the viewer, NFC tag trigger the launch of the app automatically

Recommened Five Apps for Playing with Google Cardboard

When we get a Google cardboard, the most concern is what we can do with it. Now let us introduce to you several funny and interesting APP, let’s experience the fun of virtual reality.

The official Google cardboard app includes functions such as pictures present, tour guide, earth and Youtube. But only Youtube can be updated in real time in this App, you can watch the daily popular videos with it, 5-star rated.

Tuscany Dive
With this App, control the direction by turning your body left or right; control your steps by looking at the footprint; you can move around the house or go upstairs in this game. This App can be operated without controller; 4-star rated.

Jet Sprint
Control a flying jet by head movement. The game scene is a canyon, and when flying, the player must get the oil drum to maintain the necessary energy. Simultaneously you also need to prevent the jet from crashing into the canyon. This App can be operated without controller as well. 5-star rated.

Dive City Rollercoaster
Rollercoaster virtual reality, the player can only operate the viewing direction, the sound and pictures are extremely smooth, all combined together makes the player feel like playing rollercoaster in real world. 4-star rated.

3D Virtual Reality FPS-Demo
The first virtual shooting game, it needs a controller adapted to android devices. If you choose a wireless bluetooth controller, you can experience it simply after matching the mobile phone with the bluetooth controller; if you choose a wired game controller, then your mobile phone need to support OTG function and you need an OTG cable for converting. 5-star rated.

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