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  • Daddy Apps: VR Apps to Introduce to Your Dad

    For every type of dad, there’s an app that’s a perfect match. This Father’s Day, we take a look at the different types of dads and which VR apps you can introduce them to.

    The Geeky Dad (AKA The Pal-Dad)

    He’s the type of dad that everyone wants. He’s got more fandoms and collectible memorabilia than anyone else—and you’re crossing your fingers that you’ll get to own all of them someday.

    The app: VR Cinema for Cardboard (Mobius Networks)

    With this, he can watch all the best movies on a VR display—a fresh way to see old favorites. It’s the perfect way to unwind after a hard day of adulting.

    The Handy Daddy (Sometimes Known as the Mom-Dad or Helicopter Daddy)

    This dad’s a veritable Superman around the house. He’s chore-happy and can fix anything from the family car right down to the plumbing!

    The App: The Mercedes VR for Cardboard (Visualise)

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    Reward your Superdad with a virtual ride on one of the most prominent luxury cars in the world. With this app, he can enjoy various Mercedes Benz models such as the new AMG GT.

    The Business Dad

    No-nonsense. He’s all work and no play. But that doesn’t mean you can’t pique his interest and turn him on to VR.

    The app: The VR Banking app (Fiducia IT AG)

    Tickle his fancy with this helpful app where he can handle the family finances whenever, wherever. There's a catch though. It’s in German—which presents a problem for the rest of the non-German speaking populace. Still, it is a great idea that should be picked up by app manufacturers.

    The Artsy Dad

    Life is art and this type of dad is fine-tuned to it.

    The App: VR Gallery (Holumino Ltd.)

    A great app for dads who happen to love the fine art of capturing perfect images. With the VR Gallery, he can upload his own photos (panoramic or spherical) and enjoy them afterwards on his headset in an immersive way.

    Most people find it difficult to turn their parents on to techie stuff. But with these uber cool VR apps, you won’t need to exert that much effort. Get your dad out of the Stone Age and into the Digital one. It’s a great Father’s Day gift for the man of the house.

  • Around the World the Virtual Way

    Some people travel to get away from it all, while others do it to discover something new. Whatever one’s reason may be, traveling is definitely a worthwhile experience.

    While there may never be a substitute for experiencing the wonders of far-off places in real life, a few Google Cardboard apps let you see and experience these places virtually. And who knows? You they may inspire you enough to want to visit the real place.

    Let’s have a look at some of the top VR travel apps that you can check out.

    Tokyo VR Cardboard (Candlify Technologies)

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    All you need is a VR headset and to see what it’s like to walk through the streets of Tokyo. With 67 different locations to choose from, you can get to know the bustling city as intimately as possible without needing an English-Japanese dictionary.

    Being one of the more popular tourist destinations, there are also lots of other (non-VR) apps that can help you out should you decide to visit the Land of the Rising Sun such as Tokyo City Guide, Tokyo Offline Map Guide Hotels, and Metro Tokyo Subway to name a few.

    London VR (Rewind)

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    Get ready to explore the Tower of London, London Eye, HMS Belfast, and many more of the sights of merry-old London- in full-360 degrees. Unlike other VR apps with computer-generated graphics, London VR offers you a view of the real thing.

    UAE VR (Telecommunications Regulatory Authority)

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    The United Arab Emirates is where Middle-Eastern heritage meets the modernity of the Western world. A hotspot for tourist over the past decades, The UAE continues to add tourist attraction after tourist attraction with time—and now you can get to see them via your Google Cardboard viewer.

    A nifty feature of this app is that it’s available in both English and Arabic.

    Polar Sea (Wemersive LTD)

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    Why limit your virtual travel to places you can reach via airline when an app can put place any location on the globe within your reach? Chill out on an icy cool escapade. Polar Sea lets users delve into the icy realms of the Arctic’s Northern Passage. While loading times may be an issue, the sheer brilliance of the polar region—captured in 360 degree cameras—should be enough to keep your head cool.

    Google Street View (Google)

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    Those with no particular destination in mind – or too many destinations in mind – can go exploring using the VR function of Google Street View. Google Street View provides a host of possibilities. It can put you right in the middle of the streets of a number of cities the world over. To walk a city’s streets, after all, is to know the city.

    “Not all those who wander are lost”
    -JJRR Tolkien

    And with these VR apps, you need not lose your way as you can travel as far and wide as your Google Cardboard can take you.

  • VR Music Apps that are as Real as They can Get

    Attending a concert is one of the greatest experiences a music fan could have. Seeing their favorite band or artist perform live can make any music fan dance and sing along.

    Unfortunately, we can’t always head out to watch the musicians we love.

    Here’s where virtual reality steps in. VR has the potential to open up a different type of concert experience. If you can’t catch a live performance in person, experiencing the concert through VR would be the next best thing. With the apps listed below, you can have a an immersive concert experience... without the hassle of getting stuck in the middle of a sweaty crowd.

    Jack White Third-D (Jaunt Inc.)

    Why settle for experiencing Jack White's music the old-fashioned way, when you can immerse yourself in his music via a full-blown VR app? In his VR concert, the genius behind the White Stripes and The Raconteurs serves up rip-roaring renditions of “Freedom at 21” and “Ball and Biscuit” direct from Boston's Bleacher Theater, as well as “Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground” from the famed Red Rocks Amphitheater in Colorado.

    Paul McCartney (Jaunt Inc.) 

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    No more lonely nights for you as Sir Paul McCartney comes to virtual life whenever, wherever you want. By using your Google Cardboard kit, you get to experience a romp-stomping rendition of his classic tune Live and Let Die. With its full 360-degree view, the app puts you right in the thick of the action..

    Rave Simulator VR (Gilberto Avalos)

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    If you prefer electronic beats, and booty-thumping bass, Rave Simulator may just be the right one for you to groove to. While it doesn’t offer the type of concert experience the aforementioned apps do, Rave Simulator definitely lives up to its name, albeit with a strange twist.  With the app fired up, you'll enter a VR rave... complete with skeletal ravers. Although the experience can get repetitive quite fast (it would be a lot cooler if you could choose the music to party to), the app is good enough for some trippy fun .

    These are a few of the virtual reality music apps available right now that genuine lovers of music would enjoy.

  • Meet Our V2 Cardboard Kit

    When Google introduced Google Cardboard in 2014, the kit was a marvel of simplicity. While most VR headset makers were going the hi-tech route, Google decided to head the opposite direction. It created a headset that was accessible - you can’t get more basic than cardboard - and an app ecosystem that works on your Android smartphone. The design of that first kit was open-sourced, and allowed kit makers such as I AM Cardboard to tweak and adapt the design. (It even gave us the chance to develop the XG VR headset)

    During last week’s I/O conference, Google unveiled the new version of their cardboard kit. As good as the first version was, the V2 kit makes some pretty awesome improvements over the former. At first glance, the kit looks similar, but changes were made to give users an even better overall experience. Here are some of the changes:

    Easy three-step assembly

    With the V1 kit, the user had to open the cardboard folder and assemble the kit from its contents. While assembly of I AM Cardboard’s V1 kits was simple enough, our new version makes it even easier.

    Remove the kit from its sleeve, unfold the flaps, insert you phone, and you're good to go

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    Easier to transport

    One of the big improvements the V2 kit introduces is the ability to refold and return it to its sleeve. The kit uses velcro instead of double-sided tape. Once you’re done using it, fold it up and return it to its protective sleeve. You end up with a nice, compact block that won’t snag or tear easily.

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    Larger lenses

    The V2 kit has asymmetrical 37mm biconvex lenses with 50mm focal length - larger than the lenses in similarly-sized V1 counterparts .

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    Better compatibility

    Phones with screen sizes up to 6 inches can fit in the kit - even iOS smartphones!

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    New input method

    The most radical design change is the departure from the old magnetic input method. The new kits feature a conductive button that closes the circuit between your finger and the touchscreen.

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    I AM Cardboard's V2 kits are now available at our shop. Grab a unit and go on a VR adventure!

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