The Rufus Project Joins The VR Revolution… kinda

Check this out, The Rufus Project is now the proud owner of the most low tech VR device on the market!

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Google Cardboard VR Headset

Yep, this little beauty is a Google Cardboard VR headset, probably the cheapest option available on the burgeoning virtual reality market.

Coming in a flat pack it is easy to assemble and can fit a wide range of phones which act as the screen.  The compatible apps use a straightforward Side By Side (SBS) screen.

The 3D effect is immersive and surprisingly effective since all I splurged was a measly AUD$8.

I can’t say it’s all smooth sailing as the view in some of the apps I’ve tried tends to drift or, in the more graphically intense games, jump to a different view point altogether!

That second issue may be due to not having a beefy enough phone (currently using an Xperia Z2) so I may have to narrow my selection to what my phone can handle.

A fun use is to install a SBS video app meaning any movies you view can be converted for use with the headset.  I tested this with an episode of The Flash and the faux 3D effect worked quite well. However, having a strip of cardboard pressed into my nose for that length of time got a bit uncomfortable.

So if you want to dabble in virtual reality, without forking out some of the big dollars being asked out for the more advanced options, Google Cardboard offers a cheap and effective entry point.  Just don’t expect a seamless experience.

Trevor.