New Google App Turn Phone Into Virtual Reality Camera

Google today announced the launch a new app for Android that allows users to take photos in virtual reality.

Called “Cardboard Camera,” the new app from Google allows users to “step inside personal moments” to bring special snapshots to life, such as recent holiday or family gatherings.

Cardboard Camera turns the smartphone in your pocket into a virtual reality camera. It’s simple to take a photo: just hold out your phone and move it around you in a circle. Later, when you place your phone inside a Google Cardboard viewer, you’ll get to experience something new: a VR photo. With Google Cardboard, you can take amazing trips to faraway places and feel like you’re actually there.

VR photos are three-dimensional panoramas, with slightly different views for each eye, so near things look near and far things look far. You can look around to explore the image in all directions, and even record sound with your photo to hear the moment exactly as it happened.

Taken with Cardboard Camera at Jackson Lake, Wyoming. This simulates the 3D effect when seen in a Cardboard viewer.

With Cardboard Camera, anyone can create their own VR experience. So revisit the mountaintop that took hours to hike, or the zoo where you saw (and heard) the monkeys, or your birthday party with the cake out and candles still lit. Capture the moments that matter to you and relive them anytime, from anywhere.

Cardboard Camera is available today on Google Play in 17 languages.