I setup my Google cardboard this weekend. As a $15 tech demo, this thing is awesome. As a consumer electronic device..well, it is made from cardboard, tape and Velcro.
I’m using a MotoX with only a 720p screen, so pixels and screen door are very noticeable. The lens quality is ok, but not great. Focus is not consistent across the image and I’m not able to see the entire image width with each eye. I’m sure some compromises were made to accommodate multiple screen sizes and phone form factors.
All that said, the experience of integrated head tracking alone was well worth the price of admission. Simply being able to rotate your head in 360 degrees and look around is pretty amazing - especially with Photo Sphere and the Palace of Versailles tour on the cardboard app. Both provide a significant immersion factor. it felt very natural to want to walk around the scene these apps create…some sort of body position tracking along with an open space to walk around has to be a natural progression for this kind of stuff.
More cool content on http://vr.chromeexperiments.com/#/desktop
that you can preview w/o a headset. The Bears and Great Barrier Reef 360 degree videos are really cool.
I also demoed a few movies using the SBSVideoPlayer app in the Play store. The nice thing about this app is the zoom function – the screen capture below is the zoom I used to be able to see the entire image from side to side, but the downside is only a 480x255 resolution image per eye. The experience was oddly similar to viewing stuff on the HMZ-T3 in terms of field of view and image size. The lens also give the image a nice curved screen effect, a feature that I really liked on the T3. The quality (and comfort) is not at the watch-a-full-movie level, but still surprisingly fun.
I read about the Durvois Open Dive
a while ago and never really gave it any serious thought. Based on my experience with Cardboard, I’m considering getting one. I did get a quote for a local shop to 3D print, but it was super high at over $400. I’ll probably do some more investigation on printing options this week or might just order one when they are back in stock.
this is a bit long for an off topic post, but I’d totally recommend checking this out for anyone who is waiting on a Glyph and has a compatible smartphone. I ordered my lenses from amazon and did DIY cardboard, but this
looks like a decent deal (no first hand experience, found link on the Cardboard google+ page).
Totally going to need a good head tracking solution identified by December…