Poster or Presentation Title

Virtual Reality: Google Cardboard and Unity

Presenter Information

Emma ElliottFollow

Access Type

Open Access

Presentation Type

Oral Presentation

Start Date

April 2017

End Date

April 2017

Department

Computer Science

Abstract

Virtual Reality is currently the hottest way for people to play video games because it provides an immersive and interactive world to explore. It uses computer software to create sounds, realistic images, and other effects to simulate a virtual setting. The current craze started on the Oculus Rift headset and has incited other companies to make their own, but most are expensive or require another system to play. Instead of buying an expensive headset, anyone with a smartphone can play in Virtual Reality with Google’s cheap alternative, the Google Cardboard. The goal of this project is to complete a prototype of a VR game that can be used on Android with Google Cardboard. Some of the limitations of creating a VR Mobile game are time and people, this project only having only two people and a limited amount of time. To accomplish this, we used a 3D game engine called Unity, which has built in support for Google’s VR. The software provides an editor where developers build and script games then seamlessly export the to both Android and Apple phones. Using this tool, we hope to accomplish our goal and create the foundation for an entertaining Virtual Reality Mobile game.

Faculty Mentor

Joseph Meehean

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Virtual Reality: Google Cardboard and Unity

Virtual Reality is currently the hottest way for people to play video games because it provides an immersive and interactive world to explore. It uses computer software to create sounds, realistic images, and other effects to simulate a virtual setting. The current craze started on the Oculus Rift headset and has incited other companies to make their own, but most are expensive or require another system to play. Instead of buying an expensive headset, anyone with a smartphone can play in Virtual Reality with Google’s cheap alternative, the Google Cardboard. The goal of this project is to complete a prototype of a VR game that can be used on Android with Google Cardboard. Some of the limitations of creating a VR Mobile game are time and people, this project only having only two people and a limited amount of time. To accomplish this, we used a 3D game engine called Unity, which has built in support for Google’s VR. The software provides an editor where developers build and script games then seamlessly export the to both Android and Apple phones. Using this tool, we hope to accomplish our goal and create the foundation for an entertaining Virtual Reality Mobile game.