Friday, December 4, 2015

Create Your Own Virtual Reality Imagery With Cardboard Camera

Earlier this morning I exclaimed on Twitter that Google's new Cardboard Camera app is my favorite Android app of 2015. Cardboard Camera was released yesterday and I immediately installed it on my Motorola X Pure Edition phone (this phone is completely unlocked from carrier restrictions).

Cardboard Camera is a free Android app that enables you to create your own virtual reality imagery to use in Google's Cardboard Viewer.

With the Cardboard Camera app installed on your Android phone or tablet you can capture 360 degree panoramic imagery. If you choose to keep your phone's microphone turned on, you can capture sound with your imagery. To capture imagery simply open the app, tap the camera icon, then start recording. Slowly move your phone from left to right and turn 360 degrees to completely capture the images around you. Cardboard Camera will tell you if you are moving too quickly or too slowly. Once you've captured your imagery you can view it through the Cardboard Viewer. Unfortunately, the Cardboard Viewer is not free but it is inexpensive. Schools that are selected for the Expeditions Pioneer Program will get viewers for free.
Screenshot of VR imagery captured at my house.
Applications for Education
The Cardboard Camera app could be a great app for students to use to on field trips to capture and relive their favorite sights and sounds.