Google launches Cardboard VR headset for tablets

This has to be the biggest step ahead in the evolution of virtual reality. And we mean that quite literally – in a bold move, Google announced a new, reimagined virtual reality headset named Cardboard for Tablets. Like the previous Cardboard model, it has no circuitry of its own. It is designed as a cradle for a device – a tablet, in this case – that serves as a display for the virtual reality experience. Yup, Google sure is thinking big when it comes to virtual reality!

"But why?" some might ask, and the answer is simple. You see, the previous Cardboard model could accommodate devices with 4- to 6-inch screens. Cardboard for Tablets, however, works with displays up to 18 inches in size. And since a larger display covers a much greater field of view, the user is provided with a more immersive virtual reality experience. 

The announcement of Cardboard for Tablets coincides with the release of a number of virtual reality apps, all ideal for demonstrating the capabilities of the new VR headset. Here's a few examples:

  • VR Girlfriend – experience the thrill of a date with a virtual girl in the comfort of your living room. Just bring along your geeky sense of humor!
  • Virtual Virtual Reality – watch in virtual reality someone else using a virtual reality headset. An in-app purchase unlocks the higher experience tier, where you can watch someone else watching someone else using a virtual reality headset.

Cardboard for Tablets is available as a PDF download with instructions how to cut out your own headset from a cardboard box of your choice.



1. iWinAndroBerry unregistered

I think this is a little overboard. But it's good to have choices.

5. engineer-1701d unregistered

wow april fools is not going well for google right now

6. iWinAndroBerry unregistered

Yeah, I completely forgot about April Fools.

13. Brewski

Posts: 737; Member since: Jun 05, 2012

Based on your profile pic, shouldn't your name be AndroiWinBerry?

8. Landon

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14. EvilDaveCanada

Posts: 2; Member since: Apr 04, 2016

I hate this time of year. You have to wait almost until the middle of April to verify that the lastest tech posting isn't a April Fool's joke.

2. natypes

Posts: 1110; Member since: Feb 02, 2015

Jesus this is bad even for nerd humor.

10. bachir8k

Posts: 153; Member since: Feb 25, 2013

oh come on, just looking to the guy with the box on his head is hilarious, can't stop laughing, take that Jony Eve...

12. jroc74

Posts: 6023; Member since: Dec 30, 2010

This this was extremely funny. I laughed out loud just looking at the article pic.

3. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1382; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

I placing my order right away!!! I want to watch the person watching someone else watching virtual reality. Wow!! lol

4. HighOnAndroidFTW

Posts: 185; Member since: Apr 26, 2015

April fools bro

7. asiansatan

Posts: 59; Member since: Sep 18, 2014

This year google has fooled itself! Good going google!

9. JayBEE

Posts: 182; Member since: Apr 03, 2014

Well played.

11. catze86

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15. jeffriebaer

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 09, 2016

I REALLY DON'T THINK THAT IT'S FUNNY AT ALL!!! The technology should be available for ALL devices no matter how large they are!!! No shame in anything and the only thing that is intolerable is intolerance!!!

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