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Explore Google Street View in virtual reality

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Who would have guessed the future would be made of cardboard?

Technology is weird. Just a few years ago virtual reality was practically a laughing stock, but in 2014 it’s very much the next big thing. Now, thanks to Google, you can strap a cardboard box to your face and use VR to transport yourself anywhere in the world. Like we said, technology is weird.

As we reported earlier this year, Google Cardboard is the tech giant’s low-cost alternative to the likes of Oculus Rift and Samsung Gear VR, used alongside your smartphone for a no frills virtual reality experience. The headset is simple – you can literally make it yourself or buy one for as little as $10 – and it’s now compatible with Google Street View.

Users can explore the destination of their choosing by double-tapping the look around icon then simply navigating the 360 degree virtual world.

Google says it has shipped more than 500,000 Google Cardboard headsets so far, indicating that it’s likely to expand on its VR experiment in the future. The company has also released an SDK for developers, allowing them to create their own apps for the headset.

For an even easier guide on using Google Street View with Google Cardboard, take a look a the handy GIF below;

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