expired Unofficial Google Cardboard VR Kit Approx. $11 AUD Delivered @ DX.com

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If you don't know what Google Cardboard is, it's Google cheap VR alternative that uses your smartphone as the viewfinder. More info here https://developers.google.com/cardboard/

This is a cheap way to test out VR. You will need an Android phone. (Forget what it says about iPhone and Nexus 6. LOL)This kit comes with everything you need except the NFC tags which aren't required anyway. Bought one and it worked out about $11 AU delivered. (regular price $13 US) Will see how it goes

Included are:
1 x Cardboard
1 x Rubber band
2 x Magnets ( d=2cm)
2 x Lens (d=2.3cm)
2 x Pairs of Velcros

Some videos of how it works:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SxAj2lyX4oU
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZXjoMMigJU

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  • +2 votes

    Any cool projects actually using it yet?

  • -1 vote

    Anyone know of a site that has plans for these? I have a new 8" tablet and it would go really well with one of these I am guessing.

    • +2 votes

      No, it wouldn't.

    • +1 vote

      You need a 5-5.5 inch smartphone, high resolution, for this. That's the right size to fit in the hole.

      • +1 vote

        from the website:

        Suit for 4-7 inch screen cellphone

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          Here are what are said to be "fully compatible"

          • Google Nexus 4 and 5
          • Motorola Moto X
          • Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5
          • Samsung Galaxy Nexus

          So basically it was designed around the N5 (no surprise). I stand by my 5 inch statement, since it helps with the FoV of the resulting image.

        • +9 votes

          @sane:
          "I stand by my 5 inch statement, since it helps with the FoV of the resulting image."

          I tell the ladies the same thing..

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          @sane: Why wouldn't any 5 inch android work, like Sony z, lg , htc m7 m8?

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          @PVA:

          Almost certainly would, just repeating what google said.

          Basically you need a big enough screen that each eye can see it portion of screen space, gyroscopes so it can do the head tracking, the magnetic sensor for the 'clicker' and NFC if you want the app to start automatically.

          Apparently the AMOLEDs don't work as well as the straight LCDs, and the magnets can trigger the M8's 'dot view' mode - but it's VR for $11, don't expect too much.

      • +1 vote

        That's what she said.

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      Link to the plans is in the description.

      I think they are only suitable for up to 7" devices, but it shouldn't be too difficult to use it as a guide and make some adjustments.

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        That is what I am after, making a few adjustments. Hopefully dx get some different sizes.

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          The lenses might not work as well with a larger screen size either, may need to adjust accordingly.

    • +1 vote

      As per link - its best for 4-7". 8 might be too big to fit in the slot and align with the view finder correctly I guess.

  • -1 vote

    Cool. Do you need a phone with gyroscopes for this to work properly?
    I think my phone just has accelerometer. Judging by how badly it responds to movement with the Google Sky app, I don't think it would work well for VR.

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    Can someone who has tried it out, comment on how worthwhile this is?

    • +2 votes

      For $11 just try it yourself.

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      Its awesome. But i didnt use Cardboard. used another bit more expensive clone with a bit bigger lenses. Samsung AMOLED phones look the worst. You can pick the pixels. LCD look much better. I bet the LG G3 with its QHD screen will be the best for VR.

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      I haven't tried it personally, but it seems like just a fun thing to have. Not really too much you can do it with it atm looks like (e.g. occulus rift style games). But I'm sure there will be a lot of dev in the future

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      wonder if that NFC tag is re-programmable

    • +4 votes

      Thanks as i dont want to support DealExtreme due to there atrocious support, I'll go these :D

    • +2 votes

      not that dx is a leader for customer service, but both of those sellers have 0 feedback on aliexpress.. not always a good sign

      • +1 vote

        you are covered for full refund if you didnt get your item from Aliexpress, from my experience they really care about the buyer and you will get your money back.

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          Ive used aliexpress before, and have had a refund..but its a much more time consuming process than say paypa

        • +2 votes

          I've had an issue with an order before on Aliexpress where I payed $60 for DHL shipping and then the item was sent China Post, when I took the issue up with Aliexpress they asked if I had received the items which I had but over a month later than it should have arrived. They wouldn't even offer a partial shipping refund.
          Their refunds (which I've had from dodgy sellers) take quite a while too.

          I'm not saying that Aliexpress isn't any good, I buy things regularly from there but you should check out who you are dealing with.

    • +1 vote

      Is there any other difference between them - couple of things I see is that
      - NFC one states: Package = NO in specs.
      Non-nfc one says 'yes' to that - not sure what package means?
      - Non-NFC one looks better quality, and is one-piece.

      I might skip NFC one.
      Thanks for the deal.

    • +1 vote

      don't be a negger

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      how come the neg was removed? isn't it cheaper for aliexpress?

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      Postage times are way longer. 15-45 days from Ali Express vs. 7-10 days from Dx.

      • +1 vote

        Not that I have a problem ordering things from dx, but you ARE NOT going to get it in 7-10 days. In my experience you're lucky to get things in a month from dx, sometimes 3 months.

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          I haven't ordered from them in ages, but there was a time when you could actually receive orders from them in 10 days.

          I think they went down the toilet for a while, then released a hilariously weird "What Happened To Your Orders" apology/video which they've since taken down.

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      I tried ordering both of these shipped to Australia, and I got the message "This product can't be shipped to the selected country"

      :(

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    It said support iPhone? But what the iOS app currently support ?

  • +5 votes

    List of phones that work from here

    Fully compatible

    • Google Nexus 4 and 5
    • Motorola Moto X
    • Samsung Galaxy S4 and S5
    • Samsung Galaxy Nexus

    Partially compatible

    Magnetic input not working
    • HTC One
    • Motorola Moto G
    Magnetic input not working & headtracking/rendering issues
    • Samsung Galaxy S3

    Don't think the Magnetic input thing is a big deal since it just simulates a "click" or a "press" instead of physically having to touch your phone.

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      Don't think the Magnetic input thing is a big deal since it just simulates a "click" or a "press" instead of physically having to touch your phone.

      You'll need it to use the Cardboard app:

      Chrome experiments currently don't use the magnet, but you will need it to try the Cardboard Android app.

      Not all phones will be able to detect magnet pulls. You can use Cardboard without the magnet by sticking copper tape along the side of the viewer and having it come into contact with the phone screen. When you tap twice on the copper tape with your finger, the phone will react as if it had detected a magnet pull.

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        The copper tape is an alternative if your magnetometer isn't placed appropriately in your phone. But as I said it's the simulation of input (i.e. a click or press which you can do [albeit awkwardly] by reaching through the nose hole). It's not integral to the VR experience but it definitely helps.

  • +5 votes

    damn, i bought the $30 one dodocase. and it hasn't even arrived yet!
    from http://www.dodocase.com/products/google-cardboard-vr-goggle-...

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    I used the lenses from a mini loupe from Daiso for $2.80 and it does the job. My DIY cardboard cut up is not a slick but for this price, I'll bite.

  • +1 vote

    For a second I thought it was cardboard goggles misspelt as google

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    But its not Google… meaning it will be an inferior product.

  • +1 vote

    Waiting for them to release a cardboard car, they provide the cardboard and you provide your own car….

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    From what I've read, this is like the Oculus… early versions of the Oculus, that is… without their recent improvements and tweaks which means it is quite easy to get motion sickness. Still for $11, it's a cheap way to try modern VR.

    • +1 vote

      I got to try the early versions of the Rift. If this thing can get to even 80% of what it can do, then it's definitely worth trying.

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      you can watch 3D movies(SBS) without motion sickness (i presume…)

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