There have been plenty of iterations and adaptions of the Google Cardboard smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) since its reveal back in 2014. The kit, which can be assembled using mostly household objects, lends itself to cheap and easy customisation. Many have started to sell their own versions that accommodate a wider array of smartphones. However UK-based company Knit has come up with an entirely new version of the device that adds a unique collectible element to it.
As The Drum reports, Knit has revealed Cardboard Objects, a modified HMD that uses a given smartphone’s NFC reader to scan real world objects placed within the front of the device. This in turn can unlock new content to be viewed or used in VR. As an example, the company uses postcards with pictures of areas on London on the front. When placed into the slot, the NFC reader connects with the postcard and then presents a 360 degree image of that area within the HMD. The concept can be seen in a video posted below.
Kint also anticipates using the device to unlock content within an experience, similar to that which can be seen in in toy-based videogame franchises such as Skylanders and Disney Infinity. In this case, the company suggests creating collectible trading cards that can then be used in an experience. Users might also unlock new playable characters or certain other objects using this concept, paving the way for VR experiences that continue to deliver new content past their original offerings.
It’s not yet clear just when Cardboard Objects might go on sale and how other VR experiences might support this unique concept. VRFocus will continue to follow the company’s progress, reporting back with any further updates.