Although everyone thinks Google created the Cardboard to thwart Oculus Rift and Facebook. The thought is that they just want everyone to experience virtual reality in a simple, fun, and inexpensive way. So the created Google Cardboard.
The only thing that you need to experience VR is a smartphone with at least a 3,5 inch screen and Google Cardboard (or a clone). There are a few ways to get your hands on it.
The first one is to build your own VR Viewer. Construct it from everyday items you can find in your garage, online or at your local hardware store. On Google Cardboard page you’ll find exactly what you need. The will take you step by step creating your own cardboard: https://cardboard.withgoogle.com/.
If you are not that much of a dabbler, you can just buy a Google Cardboard on eBay. Most of them will come complete with NFC, tape and straps to hold your phone. Prices vary between three and fifteen dollars, depending on your needs. There are also plastic cardboards and cardboards with straps for your head. More luxurious will cost more. Just go to eBay.com and search for VR Cardboard.
As mentioned earlier, there are a lot of Google Cardboard clones. We try to discuss all of them, but almost every a day new smartphone HMD (Head-mounted display) is released. Just look into the hardware category for more HMD’s. As soon as the website is grown bigger, we will make a detailed step-by-step manual for buying a HMD.