Over the course of the past year the Google Cardboard smartphone-based virtual reality (VR) head-mounted display (HMD) concept has grown from a surprising and novel idea into something much more significant. The Google Play Store for Android apps is now filled with VR compatible software, with Cardboard sets also being used to market new products and more. Google itself continues to add new features and support to Cardboard, and has recently revealed that it’s brought one of the major players in its iconic search engine on board to work on the project.
Fast Company has discovered that Jon Wiley, the lead designer of Google Search, is now working as lead designer of Google Cardboard. The change was revealed by Wiley himself via a Twitter profile. It’s not clear just how Wiley is helping to advance the Cardboard project, or if he had in any of the recent initiatives such as the officially-sanctioned ‘Works With Google Cardboard‘ concept. At Google Search, Wiley helped improve the mobile experience for the popular engine among other aspects.
Google Cardboard’s low-cost approach has made it a popular choice for many developers and companies in the past 12 months, but how will this hold up when true consumer HMDs launch towards the end of the year? Either way, Google isn’t looking to wind the project down any time soon; VR will be the subject of a handful of sessions at next week’s Google I/O event.
VRFocus will continue to follow Google Cardboard closely, reporting back with any further updates on the kit.