Google is taking its virtual reality efforts to the next level with the launch of a new app called Cardboard Camera, which enables Android users to create their own virtual reality content using the cameras on their phones.
With the app, you can just hold out your phone and movie around you in a circle. Then, when you put your phone in a Google Cardboard viewer, you can experience the photo in virtual reality.
"With Google Cardboard, you can take amazing trips to faraway places and feel like you’re actually there," says software engineer Carlos Hernandez. "But what if you could also use Cardboard to go back in time—to step inside personal moments like your favorite vacation or a holiday dinner with family? Now you can with the new Cardboard Camera app for Android."
The photos are 3D panoramas that provide "slightly different" views for each of your eyes. This makes it so that near things look near and far things look far.
You can look around to explore the image in all directions, and even record sound with your photo to hear the moment exactly as it happened," explains Hernandez. "With Cardboard Camera, anyone can create their own VR experience. So revisit the mountaintop that took hours to hike, or the zoo where you saw (and heard) the monkeys, or your birthday party with the cake out and candles still lit. Capture the moments that matter to you and relive them anytime, from anywhere."
The app is available on Google Play in seventeen language so far. It requires Android 4.4 or higher.
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