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Google Cardboard DIY VR headset clones hit stores in the US

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google-cardboardGoogle I/O attendees were surprised by a mysterious object in their goodies bag that turned out to be a DIY virtual reality headset called Google Cardboard. It was a tongue in cheek effort to taunt Facebook that paid $2 billion to acquire Occulus Rift when users could get an experience for almost free. Now a couple of companies in the US have started selling their versions of the Google Cardboard, The Verge reports. Also Read - Google News Showcase gets support for Malayalam and Bengali

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Dodocase, which is known for making protective cases for mobile devices is selling a Google Cardboard VR Toolkit for as low as $19.95. This kit contains the cardboard sheets, magnet, Velcro and rubber band, and the lenses. For an extra $5, you can also buy an NFC tag. Another company called Knox Labs too is selling a Cardboard toolkit for $18.95 (another $5 for NFC tag). It also claims that there is an aluminum variant in the making which will cost $65.95.

According to Google, the idea behind Google Cardboard is to experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and inexpensive way. It may not be an Oculus Rift killer, and won t get any company paying $2 billion for it, but it seems to be quite a nifty device.

The functionality is however limited at the moment. Once you download the Chrome Experiments app, you will be able to watch YouTube videos in a theater like environment, check out a new place via Google Street View, see all the photos stored on your phone in 360 degree via Photo Sphere Viewer, and take flyover tours in Google Earth among others.

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  • Published Date: June 28, 2014 2:34 PM IST



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