Can a low cost, folded up piece of cardboard make your campus shine in VR?
Absolutely, with Google Cardboard! Google Cardboard is a virtual reality (VR) platform that allows the user to look through a headset reminiscent of the ViewMaster (remember that from your childhood?) and navigate through immersive images with a tilt of the head. A smartphone is inserted into the headset and surrounds the student with panoramas from your campus.
The headsets are relatively inexpensive, and can easily be purchased online. Fancier ones are made out of plastic and include a strap that goes around your head.
You can even custom-print a headset with your branding to send to prospective clients. The pack and ship flat, then the user unfolds and assembles the headset. We created these for Chadwick International.
So how does it work?
The content on your phone is split into two screens- one for the left eye and one for the right. The term is stereoscopic imaging. The two screens are synchronized, so when you rotate your head, both images spin up down and all the way around. The Cardboard viewers allow you to transport potential students to your campus from anywhere in the world and immerse them in your surroundings.
Here’s what it looks like on your phone.
So picture this, you are at a recruiting event and at your table the potential students and families can put on one of your custom-branded Google Cardboard viewers and take a 360° tour of your campus. Or, you may have a family in another country who can’t make the trip to see your campus in person, so you just pop a Google Cardboard viewer in the mail to them with the URL they can visit to take your tour in virtual reality. Now that is memorable!
Ready to check it out on your phone?
Use these QR codes to download our VR Experience app on your iPhone (left) and Android phont (right). Then get yourself a pair of Google Cardboard VR Goggles and start exploring!
If you need help setting up your 360° tour so that it is viewable on a Google Cardboard headset, or if you need a 360° virtual campus tour, drop us a line!