Google Cardboard is kind of like the Mr. Rogers of the VR world. It is affordable, easy to use, and even softer to the touch than other more expensive and high tech VR devices. All of these features make it extremely accessible, and for that reason, Google has many experimental plans for it that will be instrumental in seeing how VR will get used in the world at large. In September, Google launched a program called Google Expeditions Pioneer Program, a program designed for schools that leads students and teachers through historic landmarks and other important places throughout the world.
Now this program will be even more accessible to students as Google is making an Android app that will work in conjunction with a teacher operated tablet, and Android smartphones plugged into Google Cardboard. Using the tablet, teachers can add notes, point things out and also see where each student is looking in the VR experience.
Previously, schools had to sign up for the trial of the Google Expeditions Pioneer Program, and wait for someone from the company to visit them and set things up. Using this method more than 500,000 students in the US, Canada and Sweden have gotten to try VR in their classrooms with Google Cardboard. This new app will remove the barriers from trying this program. There is still a short wait involved, because you have to sign up to be a beta tester and then get approved. In addition to this new change, Google announced they have added a few new tours to the program including Buckingham Palace and The Great Barrier Reef.
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