Google's foray into virtual reality has involved a lot of heavy-duty paper, and even its fancy new hardware for VR is no exception. Google VP of Virtual Reality Clay Bavor tweeted a picture of an early controller prototype for the company's Android-based VR platform, Daydream, and as you can see, it's much more... cardboardy than the sleek controller design it unveiled at I/O 2016.
One of the first Daydream controller prototypes was clad in cardboard. pic.twitter.com/zyeWuQbCm7— Clay Bavor (@claybavor) June 5, 2016
Google's new reference design for a headset and motion controller looks much more like an Oculus Rift or Gear VR than Google Cardboard, which is literally just a $20 piece of cardboard you fold up and put your phone in. Google will be relying on partners to make its new VR equipment though, so there's nothing stopping a company like, say, HTC, from building the new equipment out of processed wood pulp.
Seriously though, Google really likes cardboard:
Of course we made a Jump camera out of cardboard. pic.twitter.com/Y2wm7wGQ21— Clay Bavor (@claybavor) July 21, 2015
I love that Amazon is innovating in cardboard boxes.— Clay Bavor (@claybavor) September 17, 2011