Wonder Wednesday: Google….Cardboard?

I know, you are asking yourself a number of questions. I have heard of this thing called Google Glass, but now Google is taking on another material? Are these the cheaper version for the masses? And what does this have to do with art?

When I learned about this project I wondered many of the same things. And then I became intrigued. And then I wanted to know the potential use for us, the artists of this latest digital age. So here is a brief synopsis – Google engineers wanted to put Virtual Reality (VR) into the hands of more people. Most people are either 1) not interested or 2) not interested in spending a lot of money. The concept is to create VR goggles (if you will) that can be made for, say, around $10. How? By using cardboard…and a couple of other items, most important of which is a smart phone.

The intriguing part of this approach is that they have created an open-source type phone application specifically made for people to play around with. Obviously this would be great fun for anyone into video games desiring to step into them. But what if….we visual artists took control.

Paintings could become experiences.

Movies could be completely interactive.

Music could add a visual journey.

Poets could read their poetry to their readers as close to in person as possible.

Now you are asking if I have gone mad? Perhaps. But it does make you wonder about the future of the art world and where it can go. All photos above are directly from Google’s website. Here is the link…

On another note, has anyone seen this Kickstarter campaign? I suppose having a bunch of these digital art displays would make changing the gallery around much easier.


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