Google Announces Certification Program For Cardboard Clones


Google Cardboard

Google Cardboard has been a surprise hit among early adopters, giving an intentionally cheap, approachable device that opens the door to more people having their first virtual reality experience.

Providing affordable hardware for optics and input and a software layer that ties into the tools app and game developers already use has made Android a major destination for those looking to experiment in the space. It’s also inspired a wave of « competing » headsets that actually depend on the ecosystem building on top of it.

Today, Google is taking the lid off of a new certification program that will unify these disparate headsets under a single badge: « Works With Google Cardboard. » By following a few guidelines and giving Google a look at your headset, Google will certify a manufacturer’s headset design will work with all Cardboard software. It’ll also give certified manufacturers a tool for generating headset profiles, which will be placed on…

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