Coding Ireland STEM Report 2024 Have Your Say
Virtual Reality
30 mins
115 points
What you need:
VR Cardboard Headset

Google Cardboard

In this lesson we will use the Google Cardboard app to introduce you to your first virtual reality experiences.

1 - What is Google Cardboard?

Google Cardboard is a virtual reality platform developed by Google. Named for its fold-out cardboard viewer into which a smartphone is inserted, the platform was intended as a low-cost system to encourage interest and development in VR applications.

2 - Install Google Cardboard on your phone

Go to the appropriate app store and install Google Cardboard on your phone.

Google Play (Android phones)

App Store (iOS phones)

3 - Put the phone into the VR headset

Once you have installed the app onto your phone, open up the Google Cardboard app.

The first time you use the app it will ask you to pair your phone with your VR headset. You do this by scanning the QR code that is on the bottom of the VR headset.

Once Google Cardboard has been paired with your VR headset, place your phone into the VR headset and secure the phone inside the VR headset using the velcro on the headset flap.

4 - Use the app

Hold the VR headset up to your eyes to use the Google Cardboard app. It will start off with an experience called Artic Journey.

When you move the headset around you can see and discover different things. You will notice a white dot in the middle of the screen, you can use this to select things by placing the dot on them and then tapping your phone screen with your finger (there's a screen tap hole on the bottom of the viewer).

There are 5 different parts to the Artic Journey experience:

  1. Fly
  2. Play
  3. Learn
  4. Create
  5. Relax


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