Today’s Google I/O keynote, taking place in San Francisco, has seen plenty of news offered to fans of virtual reality (VR). A brand new version of Google Cardboard designed for modern smartphones and new specialised applications from Google itself, however Google aren’t avoiding discussing the path the head-mounted display (HMD) has already journeyed upon.
Clay Bavor, VP of Product Management at Google, was enthusiastic in the success of the HMD. He opened by stating that the original objective of the Google Cardboard team was to ‘make VR accessible to everyone’, then supported this by revealing that more than 1 million units are now in consumers hands. These HMD have been used for all manner of experiences, stated Bavor, including campus tours, art shows and even a marriage proposal.
Moving forward, Google Cardboard will expand it’s audience not just with a new version of the HMD, but also by pushing into new areas such as education and video sharing. Bavor rounded out his talk by stating that ‘Cardboard is about VR for absolutely everyone’.
Google I/O has not yet finished. The event runs throughout the day today and also tomorrow, so stay right here at VRFocus for all the latest details on Google’s efforts in VR.