virtual reality

Google Takes On Oculus Rift with Cardboard Box

Google Cardboard

Episode 1096

Leo has the newest Google product, which is made of cardboard. All of the attendees at Google I/O received a cardboard box that, once assembled, fits an Android smartphone. The box acts as a viewer for virtual reality, and the smartphone runs a cardboard app that will give each eye the appropriate image. Since the smartphone has an accelerometer in it, it will move with your head as you look around. This does the exact same thing as the Oculus Rift headset, which Facebook paid $2 Billion to acquire.

What do you think about the Occulus Rift?

Episode 1028

Yoshi from San Diego, CA

Yoshi wants to know what Leo thinks about the Occulus Rift, a virtual reality helmet that was started on Kickstarter. Leo says we've seen virtual reality head gear for 20 years. But as computers have gotten faster and more affordable, the technology has improved. The Occulus has great response time, but the bad thing is that the graphics resolution isn't really that great, and there aren't many games that support it. So while it's cool, it's also mostly useless. It's a great idea, but we're not there yet.

Where can I get help with my science project on augmented reality?

Episode 997

Brendon from California

Brendon is a high school student who wants to build his own augmented reality device that works with the Occulus Rift for the National Science Fair. Virtual reality has been around for 20 years, but has only hit the mark lately thanks to micro computers. Brendon wants to create a system that will walk people through repairs step by step. Leo thinks that's a fantastic idea. Brendon is feeling over his head, though.