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  • First Things First: 10 Must-Have Apps for Google Cardboard Newbies

    They say that a journey of a thousand miles starts with a single step. With these 10 apps, new I Am Cardboard users can start a wonderful journey into the VR realm and enjoy hours of fun in 3D.

    1. Cardboard (Google Inc.)

    Cardboard gets you off on the right foot as you delve into the 3D world. Simply download it and you’re all set for hours of fun—virtual style.

    2.  Lamper (Archiact Interactive Ltd.)

    Let us tell you about the birds, the bees, and the app called Lamper; it’s fun! You make like a bee and buzz around avoiding obstacles along the way.

    3. Zombie Warfare (Fibrum)

    It’s the zombie apocalypse and, of course, it’s up to you to save humanity. Load up and get your game face on as you shoot your way through.

    4. Sisters (Otherworld Interactive)

    Looking for a spine-tingling VR experience? Sisters is one creepy game that’s sure to get your spook on. You’ll feel like you entered the Twilight Zone once you strap on your VR headset. Don’t say we didn’t warn you!

    5. Dive Deep (Durovis)

    No need to hold your breath for this deep sea dive. Although it doesn’t offer much in terms of graphics, Dive Deep still makes for a great introduction to the wonderful world of virtual reality.

    6. Orbulus (VR Craftworks Limited)

    Who needs visas, passports, and plane tickets? All it takes is a VR cardboard headset and you’re off to see the world and beyond.

    7. Cosmic Roller Coaster (Raiz)

    With the number of roller coaster apps available, it’s imperative that new users try at least one. This particular roller coaster ride stands heads and shoulders above the rest as, instead of being a “normal” virtual theme park ride, users get treated to a ride around the vastness of the cosmos.

    8. AAA VR Cinema Cardboard 3D SBS (Candlify Technologies)

    Put some magic in your cinema-viewing experience by downloading this app. This way, you get to enjoy videos in full cinematic virtual reality.

    9. Reality Hacker (VisoR)

    Aptly named, this app lets you hack the real world around you and allows you to see things in a different light.

    10. Paul McCartney (Jaunt)

    There is no reason to settle for an ordinary concert video experience when you can get right in the middle of 360-degree concert. This one features none other than Sir Paul McCartney himself.

    Finding just the right apps can unleash your Google Cardboard’s potential. And as far as getting things started goes, these ten apps are definite must-haves for any new user. With simple tilts of the head, you can enjoy fully immersive reality the virtual way.

  • App of the Month: Orbulus

    It provides vivid imagery, it has some ambient noise...and it's free. This month's featured app gives you the chance to travel the world and take in the sights in virtual reality.

    Orbulus offers a user-friendly interface so you can view interesting locations with a simple click. The Photo Spheres in the app show a nice array of immersive scenery. Simply pick one, and you will immediately find yourself on  snow-covered mountain, mingling with tourists on an exciting European holiday, or even drinking in art and culture in a museum. There's even a bit of convincing background noise to add to the experience. Think of it as a vacation-slash-staycation where you get to see the sights, yet stay comfy in your favorite chair minus the astronomical costs of traveling!

    Orbulus

    The Orbulus app is one of the most widely-received among early Cardboard users, and with good reason. It aims to give you a real hands-free VR experience via intuitive controls. VRCraftworks wanted to make an app that is true to the “pick up and go” usability, and Orbulus' immersive Photo Spheres can be controlled simply by looking into your Cardboard gear.

    As with the first wave of apps for Cardboard, the team behind Orbulus acknowledges that there are bugs and improvements to be made. For instance, some smartphones cannot accommodate the large textures used in the app. VRCraftworks encourage users who encounter problems with Orbulus to get in touch with them, and try their lite version on for size.

  • I AM Cardboard's Top Five Favorite Apps

    Now that you've got your VR kit set up and ready to use, it's time to get some apps for your smartphone. With a Cardboard and the right kind of apps, you can be virtually anyone and be anywhere you want to be! Let's take a look at some of the most awesome apps available for Cardboard, and why they've become favorites with the I AM Cardboard team.

    1. Stereogram for Cardboard 2.0

    History buffs, this is the app you've been waiting for. Imagine a truckload of vivid 3D images from history before your eyes! The Stereogram for Cardboard allows you to control the app using just your voice. Search over 40,000 historical stereographs, curate a list of your favorite images, and just generally feel like you've made a trip to the Library of Congress or The Smithsonian Institution.

    Stereogram app

    The Stereogram for Cardboard app works best with 1080p smartphones.

    2. VR Roller Coaster

    You can experience the thrill of a roller coaster ride in the comfort of your armchair with this app. It's a hands-free thrilling virtual trip that lets you go through the loops, dips, and dives of a roller coaster – complete with ambient sounds of birds, a lively amusement park crowd, and the screams of other passengers!

    The VR Roller Coaster app works with any mobile stereoscopic headset with a built in accelerometer. Your Cardboard kit powers the app's stereoscopic rendering and head tracking for mobile VR.

    3. Paul McCartney

    If you aren't one of the clueless who actually believed Kanye West made Paul McCartney famous, then this app's for you. True fans of the Beatles legend will get a chance to view Sir Paul in concert via a cinematic VR experience. This app provides the sensation of being right next to the stage, witnessing an awe-inspiring performance of Live and Let Die in 360 degrees. You can also view minute details such as the audience, ceiling, and even the cameraman!

    Paul McCartney app

    The Paul McCartney app is currently going through some bug fixes. It works best with recent 5-6 inch model smartphone models for your Cardboard kit.

    4. Tokyo VR Cardboard

    Ever wanted to visit Tokyo but couldn't afford it yet? The Tokyo VR Cardboard app is the next best thing to booking a flight and a tour package. It offers a visit to 26 different locations in Tokyo, all with a 360 degree view. It's truly an immersive experience that is compatible with and fully optimized for your I AM Cardboard kit.

    5. Cardboard VR 3D Environment

    If you're looking to test your I AM Cardboard setup for the first time, then we highly recommend the Cardboard VR 3D app. You can experience a true 3D environment with illuminated trees, rocky landscapes, and other details of bucolic scenery. You simply have to move your head in 360 degrees to enjoy what this app has to offer.

    This app works with smartphones that have a gyroscope feature.

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