If you think that Virtual Reality (VR) is purely for hardcore gamers, it may be time to think again.

Google Cardboard is a very cheap way of experiencing Virtual Reality.  You may have seen the £300-£400 VR headsets on the market but Google Cardboard requires nothing more than:

  • a downloadable template to make the cardboard headset,
  • a reasonably up-to-date smartphone with a gyroscope,
  • and any one of a large number of completely free apps.

To use, make up the headset and insert your phone into the slot at the back to experience the VR world.

We tried it in the College’s office and found a clear age gap. The over 30s found the experience to be disorientating, particularly disliking the disembodied feeling. Younger people took to the experience like fish to water.

There are companies who are using VR as part of training and learning, for example, to simulate dangerous or risky situations within a controlled environment. However, as the technology matures, it will be available for use in a variety of situations. The British Legion recently embraced it, releasing VR content for the Battle Passchendaele.

If you want to see what the technology can do, Google cardboard is an accessible way to begin. If you become inspired, there are also free development apps to you can try.