In October, Google officially stopped its Daydream View VR headset – and today the company took it one step further from its initial leadership position in telephone VR by announcing that it open sourcing the Cardboard software, his "no-nonsense" VR headset. It already had the actual Cardboard VR viewer & # 39; open-sourced & # 39; by placing it technical specifications for everyone to download, so it is nice to see Google open the software too.
Google says it has "shipped more than 15 million [cardboard] units worldwide", but the use of cardboard "is declining over time". Unfortunately, that doesn't surprise me – I just don't think there were many convincing applications for Karton, beyond its first novelty. I remember playing with a free Cardboard viewer from one of Google's promotions The New york times, and although it was really cool that I used it once, since then I have not asked for another cardboard experience.
Cardboard, introduced in 2014, was one of the first DIY VR kits, after projects such as the FOV2GOand helped to generate years of interest in telephone VR. But now that trend is officially over, with apparently no way to buy Oculus' Gear VR in the US and stop Google with Daydream. Now that Google Cardboard has open source, I think this means that telephone VR is officially over.
Google says it will contribute to Cardboard's open source project by "adding new features," but beyond just adding an SDK package for Unity, it doesn't indicate what those features can be. If you want to view the project yourself, Google has shared it developer documentation and uploaded the Cardboard SDK to one GitHub repo.