This past June, Google gifted origami VR goggles to attendees at its annual developer conference. Dubbed Cardboard, these makeshift glasses are powered by the Nexus 5 and designed to aid in the creation of VR apps.
In the six months since its debut, Cardboard has gone from strength to strength (more than 500,000 units have been shipped since Google I/O), and Google is nurturing its fledgling VR app ecosystem with a host of new updates.
Initially quite difficult to get, Google now has instructions for making your own Cardboard as well as a list of vendors making their own versions on its website. Today’s updates include a dedicated page for Cardboard apps in the Play Store and new specs for making Cardboard at home (like production templates and best practices for manufacturers).
With Cardboard apps now front and centre in the app market, Google wants to make sure developing VR apps is as painless as possible. Help with development comes via new Cardboard SDKs for Android and Unity. These development kits aim to simplify the process of developing a VR app by addressing common problems associated with head tracking, side-by-side rendering, and lens distortion correction.