[df-subtitle]Expeditions and Jump should kickstart adoption and content curation[/df-subtitle]

One year after its initial launch Google on Thursday released a new version of its Cardboard virtual reality device.

Key among the changes in the unit is that it can be assembled in a much quicker manner. The whole process is pared down to three steps.



Additionally, Cardboard now offers support for devices up to six inches in display size. Perhaps more importantly, it’s also compatible with iOS devices; it’s included in the latest Cardboard SDK.

In an attempt to get Cardboard into the hands of more users, Google has introduced a program called Expeditions. In short, it’s a way for teachers to take students on virtual field trips to just about anywhere in the world.

Working with a number of partners, including the American Natural History Museum and Planetary Society, it’s Google’s way of enhancing education.

On a related note, Google teased a new product called Jump which is essentially a rig for sixteen cameras. Designed to capture 3D, stereoscopic imagery, it’s a way to jumpstart the videos and content which will be available to Cardboard. Google says that GoPro is already on board and plans to release something later this year.



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