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Google’s Cardboard Camera app lets you create your own VR photos

by Jacob Kleinman | December 5, 2015December 5, 2015 12:00 pm PST

There are already plenty of apps out there for Google Cardboard, and on Thursday the search giant added another to the list. Cardboard Camera lets you create and view VR photos on your phone, though it’s still missing a few key features.

Using Cardboard Camera is simple: just open the app and start recording. Then move your phone in a full circle to create a panoramic image. The app will also measure depth and even record sounds at the same time for an immersive experience. Then you can re-experience your own VR photos by sliding the same phone into a Cardboard headset.

These VR photos don’t offer a full 360-degree view though, so if you look up or down you won’t see anything. Even worse, there’s no way to share your photos online or see what other people have created. For now everything is stored locally, though Google says it’s working on adding a way to share online along with support for non-Cardboard headsets.

You can grab Cardboard Camera free from Google Play now via the source link below. There’s no iOS version at the moment, though hopefully that’s in the works as well.

Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...