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Google Details Cardboard’s Journey With 5 Million Units Shipped

January 27, 2016 - Written By George Adams

The technology of VR (Virtual Reality) has immersed millions of consumers across the world in its next-generation world. Ever since the introduction of Google Cardboard in November 2014, there has been a spike in the popularity of this hi-tech gear, with most people thinking it would remain in the world of science fiction. Those people were proven wrong, with 1.5 million fans gravitating to this Google Cardboard creation and over 5 million Cardboard units now declared to have been shipped. Since then there have been an influx of VR headsets based off of the Cardboard design, allowing everyone with an open mind about new technologies to get a taste of this amazing experience at such a cheap price.

Since Cardboard’s announcement there have been thousands of VR game experiences released, downloaded and enjoyed by over 25 million of us on the Google Play Store; creating its own new genre of gaming experience for Android enthusiasts. But even for those not interested in gaming, the Cardboard has also been a revelation for video-watchers across the word with the introduction of VR videos to YouTube, with more than 350k hours already watched. On top of this, with the Cardboard Camera app, over 750k VR photos were taken by more than 100k downloaders of the app. This function of capturing special moments in Virtual Reality has led to the amazing ability to relive past memories exactly as if you were there again.

Going beyond leisure, Cardboard has provided a portal for students across the world to experience virtual tours in over 100 destinations including the White House, the Republic of Congo, ancient Mayan ruins and a whole array of other locations. Extending this virtual traveling further with the newly added VR street view experience, you can basically travel to an almost endless amount of locations that Google’s street view cars have visited. With the variety of different ways this new technology could be refined and applied, this is one area which is prime for future developments by Google to hone their already popular VR experience. You can check out the Cardboard stats Google has announced today in more detail by heading through the source link.