Google Cardboard & Virtual Reality
Setting up the Google Cardboard Viewer
1. Download the Google Cardboard app on your phone/ipod/device.
2. Open the Google Cardboard (Be careful! The velcro is tight on new Cardboards)
3. Launch the Google Cardboard app and scan the QR code to set up your Cardboard.
4. Mount your phone/device into the Cardboard.
5. Enjoy Virtual Reality with your Google Cardboard viewer.
Some apps will require you to scan the QR code on the cardboard viewer for set-up. The QR code is located on the bottom of the cardboard viewer. Just hold your phone camera over the QR code. When you phone scans the QR code, the rest will happen automatically.
In many apps, you look down to view the menu. To select something, focus your eyes on it.
There is a trigger button on the right side of the cardboard viewer that you will use in some apps to zoom in, move or select.
Best Educational Apps to Explore Virtual Reality with the Google Cardboard Viewer
Download from the App store... Find more apps by searching VR or 4D in the App store or on the web.
- Google Expeditions is a virtual reality platform built for the classroom. Google worked with teachers and content partners from around the world to create more than 100 engaging journeys — making it easy to immerse students in entirely new experiences.
- Sites in VR - Virtual tours of landmarks from Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco, Kuwait, Yemen, Macedonia, Holland, Belgium, France and more.
- RYOT - Virtual reality comes to the Associated Press. One of the best VR apps out there! A must see.
- NYTVR - New York Times Virtual Reality app - experience immersive scenes of news topics from across the globe. Available iOS and Google Play stores. Topics: Presidential Campaign, War & The Displaced, Walking New York, How Nature is Inspiring Our Industrial Future, Post Terror Vigils in Paris, Hollywood Special Effects, Heist with a Twist)
- Within VR - 3D and 360 degree stories of many different subjects, lots of content overlap with NYT app
- VR Exposition - Virtual tour of the artwork of Patrick Hughes (London) and Cathalijn Wouters (Amsterdam).
- Pure VR - Explore inside the remains of a house fire from Pure Insurance Co.
- Cooltour - 360 degree views of Italian landmarks.
- VR Planetarium - bring the planets and solar system to life.
- Star Tracker Lite - explore the positions of the planets and constellations.
- Orbulus - brings the work of the Photo Sphere community to life, putting you dead centre of some incredible landscapes and venues. You start off in outer space and select an orb simply by holding your gaze on it. You're then placed where the photographer was but rather than seeing a flat image, you are presented with their location and point of view.
- Public Speaking VR - provides a realistic VR training platform for presentations, job interviews and public speaking events, allowing you to master your speaking skills.
- Proton Pulse - game for google cardboard.
- In Cell VR - – a fun action/racing game that takes place in a realistic human cell. Great views of the structures and organelles inside a human cell.
- Titans of Space is a short guided tour of a few planets and stars, the point of which is to give the player a sense of scale of just how big these planets and stars are compared to each other.
- Sites VR is a tour of landmarks from Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Morocco, Kuwait, Yemen, Macedonia, Holland, Belgium and France. Examine the marvels of architecture, visit mosques, tombs, palaces, museums, castles, towers, historic houses, religious sites, ancient cities and other places with more than a thousand 360° panoramic images in high quality.
- Discovery Virtual Reality can take you to new worlds like never before, immersing you in time, space and story. Here’s a first look at our latest productions in this exhilarating new space — from shark-infested shipwrecks to freeboarding the windiest street in the world — with much more to come.
- Anatomyou is a perfect immersive 3D-stereo app to learn human body’s anatomy. The app shows on a mobile device and virtual immersive 3D navigation the anatomical structures of various systems of the human body.
- Mars Is A Real Place is a short slideshow of amazing Martian landscapes, in VR. More than 50 high-resolution stereoscopic 3D images have been carefully hand-picked and presented for your viewing pleasure.
- InMind allows the player to experience the journey into the patient’s brains in search of the neurons that cause mental disorder. Submerge into the microworld and experience the miracles of the human mind.
- Cardio VR allows students to enter a virtual reality doctor’s surgery where you search for your patient’s ailment using x-ray vision. And speaking of vision, navigate your way through the diagnosis using your eyes — just look at the eye icon for help.
- Chemistry VR uses the Cardboard Magnet to move forward and select your chosen chemical elements. All the elements of the Mendeleev table are available. Your goal is to find the required chemical elements to create compounds like water.
- King Tut VR: Surrounded by Egyptian art, this audio experience guides you through the virtual tour. Tutankhamun was an Egyptian pharaoh of the 18th dynasty, during the period of Egyptian history known as the New Kingdom.
- Virry Educational - Virry is a fun and educational wildlife experience that uses live stream cameras across the world and now 360/VR to allow children as close to a real safari as you can get without actually being there.
- MoleculE VR - expressing complex concepts of Biology and Medicinal Chemistry
- Flashcard VR - FlashcardVR for Google Cardboard takes you from the reality of sitting at a desk, flipping mind numbing flashcards and transports you into a fascinating electronic world where learning is a side effect of the experience.
- VR Showcase - Step into exotic locations like Machu Picchu; browse leading colleges and universities, including Harvard and Yale; become immersed in breathtaking live events like TomorrowWorld.
- Polar Sea 360 - Polar Sea 360° is a 10 part television series and interactive journey that follows sailors, scientists, hunters and artists on a journey through the Arctic’s Northwest Passage. The app can be used to view images from the journey.
- Cleanopolis VR - Captain Clean needs your help. Your mission if you accept it is to fight against climate change and make sure the city of Cleanopolis get rid of its CO2 cloud.
- Thinglink — Virtual reality lessons - collection of interactive images and videos on a variety of topics including science, language, and arts. The lessons are designed for elementary-aged students and are available as a stand-alone app on Apple Store.
- Egypt Chamber - As you may guess from the title, Egyptian Mysteries is a game that teaches users about the ancient Egypt. The game is based on a quest for the hero’s disappeared brother. The quest takes users to see the great Sphinx, the pyramid of Giza and the Ramses II’s temple. The game is available on Google Cardboard.
- The Economist VR - provides access to virtual-reality content from the world’s most influential news publication..
- YouTube 360 - 360 degree videos on youtube put you right in the middle of the action.
- Google Maps Street View - Website and App - Does NOT work with Google Cardboard, but does provide 360 degree images of locations around the world.
- Google Sky - website - explore the sky, constellations and planets in 360 view.
- Google Translate - Not technically VR, but Translate has a new camera feature where you can point the camera and have the word spoken in the language. Would be cool to try with Google Cardboard!
- ARTE 360 VR - Explore amazing places in the world. Cardboard is not needed but can be used. Download in the App Store.
- Anatomy 4D - The human body comes to life to explore body systems and anatomy. Print a sheet of paper with embedded codes, then use the app to hold your phone over the picture to bring it to life. Download in the App Store.
- Elements 4D - Chemistry app that brings the elements to life. It includes lesson plans for all levels: elementary, intermediate, and high school. Print a sheet of paper with embedded codes, then use the app to hold your phone over the picture to bring it to life. Download in the App Store.
- Altspace - Hang out with real people in virtual reality.
Create Your Own 360 degree Images
- Cardboard Camera (app) - Capture and share moments with virtual reality (VR) photos.
- Udacity VR - In partnership with Google VR, HTC Vive, and Upload, we have built a world-class curriculum that will teach how to create amazing VR content, and equip you with the skills you’ll need to launch a career in the VR industry.
- CoSpaces - is a 3D visualization tool that makes it easy to design virtual spaces. The goal is to make VR available for everyone, and not only developers or designers. With CoSpaces users can create their own 3D and VR content and explore others’ work. The web application is open for beta testing and the iOS and Android apps are ready to download.