Google Introduces Open-Source Project for VR Viewer

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It will support virtual reality (VR) features such as motion tracking, lens distortion rendering, and user interaction via the viewer button.

According to a recent report by ZDNet, Google has launched an open-source project for its Google Cardboard to allow developers to build additional experiences and add support to their apps for various smartphone screen solutions and configurations.

Google has introduced libraries for developers to build their Cardboard apps for Apple iOS and Android. The libraries support virtual reality (VR) features such as motion tracking, lens distortion rendering, and user interaction via the viewer button.

It also has an Android QR code library. Apps can be paired with any Cardboard viewer without the need for the Cardboard app.

To improve Cardboard support

“An open-source model will enable the community to continue to improve Cardboard support and expand its capabilities, for example adding support for new smartphone display configurations and Cardboard viewers as they become available,” said Google AR and VR product manager Jeffrey Chen.

He added, “We’ll continue to contribute to the Cardboard open source project by releasing new features, including an SDK package for Unity.”

Chen informed that while the overall usage of Cardboard has declined and Google is no longer actively developing the Google VR software development kit, making Cardboard open-source will cater to the consistent usage of Cardboard for entertainment and education experiences, such as YouTube and Expeditions.

Source: ZDNet

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