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Google Releases Google Design Lab App for VR Development

This week’s Google I/O developer conference in San Francisco, California, USA has proved to be an eventful one for virtual reality (VR) technology. The company has greatly expanded on the Google Cardboard mobile head-mounted display (HMD) that it introduced last year with a new version the accommodates larger phones and new support for the iOS operating system (OS). It’s also announced the Google Jump VR video concept and Google Expeditions educational initiative. But the company isn’t done there; it’s today released Google Design Lab.

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Google Design Lab is a free Android app that gives users guidelines to creating their own VR experiences. The software itself uses Google Cardboard as it highlights the differences between VR and traditional development, covering topics such as using a reticule, UI depth, eye strain, gaze cues and much more. It’s sure to be a useful tool for any newcomers to the technology and even worth experiencing for those that are already knee-deep in VR.

“Designing great user experiences in virtual reality is considerably different than designing for traditional 2D form factors,” a description for the app reads. “Virtual reality introduces a new set of physiological and ergonomic considerations to inform your design work.”

VRFocus will continue to follow Google’s work in VR, reporting back with the latest updates on its progress.