Google Cardboard - 3D VR headset. NOW ONLY £2.17 @ DealExtreme
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Google Cardboard - 3D VR headset. NOW ONLY £2.17 @ DealExtreme

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Found 28th Sep 2014
What is it?: A cheap way to turn your android phone into a VR headset. All you need to do is put your phone into the carboard enclosure and fire up the Google Cardboard App.

What can you do with it?

• Earth: Fly where your fancy takes you on Google Earth.
• Tour Guide: Visit Versailles with a local guide.
• YouTube: Watch popular YouTube videos on a massive screen.
• Exhibit: Examine cultural artifacts from every angle.
• Photo Sphere: Look around the photo spheres you've captured.
• Street Vue: Drive through Paris on a summer day.
• Windy Day: Follow the story (and the hat) in this interactive animated short from Spotlight Stories.

I've been really wanting to try one of these, and even though it's cardboard, most of the kits I've seen online are still £15-20. So this seems like a great, inexpensive way to try something new.

Explanation from Google's page:

Virtual reality on your smartphone
We want everyone to experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and inexpensive way. That's the goal of the Cardboard project.Virtual reality has made exciting progress over the past several years. However, developing for VR still requires expensive, specialized hardware. Thinking about how to make VR accessible to more people, a group of VR enthusiasts at Google experimented with using a smartphone to drive VR experiences.

The result is Cardboard, a no-frills enclosure that transforms a phone into a basic VR headset, and the accompanying open software toolkit that makes writing VR software as simple as building a web or mobile app.

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.

Some more links:
developers.google.com/car…rd/

play.google.com/sto…emo

theverge.com/201…set

- Stole description from an older thread, credit to shadders139

Here is a list of the phones we've tested that are compatible with Cardboard.

Fully compatible
Google Nexus 4 and 5
Motorola Moto X
Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Partially compatible
Magnetic input not working
HTC One
HTC One X
Motorola Moto G
Magnetic input not working & headtracking/rendering issues
Samsung Galaxy S3
- markhuges

Feel free to add your device to the list if you've tested it.

Only compatible with the new 4G version of the Moto G - no apps have head tracking when used with the original Moto G as it didn't have gyroscopes.
- jewelie

356 Comments

Not bad deal.

I kinda want to vote hot on the idea but think there's a hidden camera recording me if I do.

Post duplicated by itself for some reason.

Original Poster

Bought one a while ago for over double the price, no complaints with it.
Limited apps etc so far, but it will take some time for more to come through and it's use is wider spread on youtube.

Does it work with iPhone?

qwerta369

Does it work with iPhone?



Yes. Use the bendy Iphone 6 plus for that fully immersive IMAX wraparound effect.

Cannot find it on the AppStore unfortunately

thanks

You can use it to stream games from a pc too like an oculus rift using this:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.loxai.trinus.test&hl=en

I use it with a moto g lte and its great but you need to move the magnet to the front to make the button work otherwise poke your finger and touch the screen. It's early days at the mo but not a bad start. Do yourself a favour and put a bit of soft velcro where the nose bit sits and forehead to stop sweat marks, also if you want a real experience grab a scarf or similar and tie it round the googles and your head an you can use a joypad hands free.
Some apps are working with joypads, I use this one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B008B9B1HI/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o08_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Should be some good fps stuff soon, checkout shadowgun vr demo:

play.google.com/sto…=en



Edited by: "bazray" 30th Sep 2014

qwerta369

Does it work with iPhone?



yes works on iphone but you have to download different apps. i have found these so far that work pretty well on my 4s

dive city coaster (ride a roller coaster)
dive zombie (kill an ever increasing hoard of zombies fps)
the height (weird plat former)
moorente (bird shooting)
stereo tunnel (instant headache)

hope this helps

Never heard of before but sounds great and ordered! Many thanks!!

love how iphone users want android products lol... don't worry it will come out when iphone 6.s.bend is released next year :-P

Anyone bought from this site before? no reviews on site either....

seems cool but even in the DX pics the lenses are dropping out. very tempted to get one as it's so cheap but if i could get lenses elsewere i'd try my luck with a pizza box.

m12

Anyone bought from this site before? no reviews on site either....



yes bought from a few times. only had 1 issue that was stock ran out but held out for 3 weeks and item arrived. apart from that they pretty good.

format

seems cool but even in the DX pics the lenses are dropping out. very … seems cool but even in the DX pics the lenses are dropping out. very tempted to get one as it's so cheap but if i could get lenses elsewere i'd try my luck with a pizza box.


Oh yeah, I never noticed that. And I was kicking myself for buying a different one at nearly 10 quid. Suppose it softens the blow a bit.


Fully compatible
Google Nexus 4 and 5
Motorola Moto X
Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5
Samsung Galaxy Nexus
Partially compatible
Magnetic input not working
HTC One
Motorola Moto G
Magnetic input not working & headtracking/rendering issues
Samsung Galaxy S3

Ordered mine for my boy to use with his iPod!

Very cool, Nice spot OP!

m12

Anyone bought from this site before? no reviews on site either....


I've only bought one thing from dx.com and still haven't received it. They've sent me two different tracking references now. The latest one tells me the package has arrived in the destination country. Only problem, it says the destination country is Brazil!

paulpso

Fully compatible Google Nexus 4 and 5 Motorola Moto X … Fully compatible Google Nexus 4 and 5 Motorola Moto X Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5 Samsung Galaxy Nexus Partially compatible Magnetic input not working HTC One Motorola Moto G Magnetic input not working & headtracking/rendering issues Samsung Galaxy S3




Where did you get that info from??


Hello I want to by this but I am unsure

Is it SPECIFICALLY FOR Samsung NOTE

OR can you use any old android phone

Bought this last time from dx, about 6 weeks shipping it's good for 5 minutes as a gimmick and I will probably try it again with some more apps. Hot for the price.

Just ordered as seen a while back and always fancied trying it out

Came out at £2.38 paying via paypal for me

nice, got it last time and everyone loved it, CEO at work took it off me and I got it back with my phone an hour later lol

Original Poster

mongo116

I've only bought one thing from dx.com and still haven't received it. … I've only bought one thing from dx.com and still haven't received it. They've sent me two different tracking references now. The latest one tells me the package has arrived in the destination country. Only problem, it says the destination country is Brazil!




bought quite a few things from DX and never had a problem before; their support are pretty good if you need them.

Original Poster

markhuges

Where did you get that info from??Hello I want to by this but I am unsure … Where did you get that info from??Hello I want to by this but I am unsure Is it SPECIFICALLY FOR Samsung NOTE OR can you use any old android phone



Can be used with lots of phones.
I've used it with my HTC One x

is it just me or is the price different now. when i search for the title i get two hits - one at $5.57 and another at over $10.
I'm assuming its the NEJE one folks are referring to?

EDIT: got it now, my work PC was preventing the link oppening but with a little editing got it now.
Edited by: "tighty" 29th Sep 2014

Thanks OP. Ordered £2.38

JohnnyUtah

Yes. Use the bendy Iphone 6 plus for that fully immersive IMAX … Yes. Use the bendy Iphone 6 plus for that fully immersive IMAX wraparound effect.



How does this work,i mean to make my iPhone 6 bend, do you need to download an app?

There's a massive hunk of postage being added for me. Am I doing something wrong?

TheBishDude

How does this work,i mean to make my iPhone 6 bend, do you need to … How does this work,i mean to make my iPhone 6 bend, do you need to download an app?




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TheBishDude

How does this work,i mean to make my iPhone 6 bend, do you need to … How does this work,i mean to make my iPhone 6 bend, do you need to download an app?



No it's a free feature from Apple, built-in to the phone. No apps needed.

markhuges

Where did you get that info from??Hello I want to by this but I am unsure … Where did you get that info from??Hello I want to by this but I am unsure Is it SPECIFICALLY FOR Samsung NOTE OR can you use any old android phone



it's on googles page for the app.

Original Poster

charlie001341

There's a massive hunk of postage being added for me. Am I doing … There's a massive hunk of postage being added for me. Am I doing something wrong?



Must be, it's always been free postage for me.
There should be an option to select your delivery option, looks like DHL has been added on or something.

teh arn

Must be, it's always been free postage for me.There should be an option … Must be, it's always been free postage for me.There should be an option to select your delivery option, looks like DHL has been added on or soemthing.



No idea what I'd done but I've got it with free postage now, thank you!

I have an S4 mini. Anyone know if this is compatible? The phones listed that I know of are bigger than mine which makes me think this might be a "big phone only" type product but am really keen to try it on my "small" phone.

Original Poster

stevesmiff

I have an S4 mini. Anyone know if this is compatible? The phones listed … I have an S4 mini. Anyone know if this is compatible? The phones listed that I know of are bigger than mine which makes me think this might be a "big phone only" type product but am really keen to try it on my "small" phone.



This works on phones that aren't listed; however the phone I'm using that isn't listed is a HTC One X, so you might be right about the big phones.

TheBishDude

How does this work,i mean to make my iPhone 6 bend, do you need to … How does this work,i mean to make my iPhone 6 bend, do you need to download an app?



You need to install 'iPhone 6' into 'Jean pocket 2.0' and above.

If you don't have enough storage space it also works with 'Trousers 2.1'

Make sure you unzip it first




And who says Android devices aren't cheaply made ;).
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