Not so long ago, Google has killed its VR project- cardboard viewer. Now the company is distancing itself from the ownership rights of this project by making it open source. The company has already posted technical specifications of cardboard VR headsets and now anyone can download them and modify the source accordingly. The developers can now build cardboard apps on both Android and iOS devices now. The libraries provided by Google support so many virtual reality features like lens distortion rendering, motion tracking and user interaction with the help of the viewer button.
Google has also added the QR code library which can be used with any apps. This means that the users can view the videos in cardboard viewers without actually having the VR specific apps in mobiles.
Cardboard VR Viewer was launched five years ago providing great viewing experience for the users. The cardboard viewers were available at affordable prices and users loved the experience that it gave to them. But, to be frank there are very fewer apps and videos that support this VR experience. This is the reason why the sales for cardboard viewers were not as good as Google expected. After five long years, Google has officially stopped its VR project last month. As Google has given up the cardboard viewer, the phone VR technology is over officially.
Although the company has given up its cardboard viewer, Google has stated that it keeps on adding new features for the developers out there. The company wasn’t clear about the features that it is going to add though. Now, mobile companies are also concentrating more on providing better AR experience for users and are avoiding the usage of VR as much as possible.
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