Last year Google announced an entirely unique virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) in Google Cardboard. The concept allows users to build their own device using household materials and a smartphone. The kit has proved popular in the 12 months that have followed, allowing for almost anyone to get their hands on an extremely low-cost VR kit. In fact, Google has today confirmed that a total of one million Cardboard HMDs have now been created.
Clay Bavor, VP Product Management, confirmed as much during the company’s I/O developer conference today. Specifics weren’t revealed, though this number likely includes the third-party iterations of Google Cardboard and home-made kits that have surfaced in the past year. Google now labels many of these kits with a ‘Works with Cardboard’ branding.
Google had plenty more to share on its work in VR at I/O, also announcing a VR video system named Google Jump and its first foray into educational VR with Google Expeditions. An enlarged Cardboard is also on the way. VRFocus will continue to follow the company’s progress with the technology, reporting back with the latest on it.