Google gave the attendees of Google I/O 2014 a low-cost virtual reality headset – Google Cardboard which worked with the phone and was literally made out of cardboard. Recently, Google announced that Google Cardboard was now compatible with Street View. Users can wear the headset and experience the Google Maps Street View in a totally different way.
The virtual reality headset costs about $10 and can either be purchased online or can be made at home. It works with any android phone which is at least 4.7 inch in length in order to fit within the holder. Once the Android phone is in place, the user needs to open Street View in Google Maps on the phone, double tap look around icon on the right corner of the display for syncing and then users can see 360-degree view of the location.
Google had been expanding Google Map interface and there are more features on it than before. For example, Business View can take people inside buildings such as restaurants and TV sets. Moreover, the indoor Floor plan can help map the inside of any location before going inside in real life. According to Google, they have shipped about 500,000 Google Cardboard and they are also looking for developers to increase their VR efforts.