The Best Free Apps for Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headsets

Best Apps for Google Cardboard

Updated 3 April 2017

Free Apps Google Cardboard

Why is Virtual Reality (VR) such a big deal? Well the uses of this technology are limitless, we have just entered the era where VR and it’s uses are starting to really explode and moving out of the toddler stage. This post will list the Best Free Apps: Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headsets, we will continue to update this as newer and better apps come to our attention.

You may have a picture in your mind that VR is just for gamer’s, or young people consuming media! Think about aged care and VR, people that are stuck within four walls because their bodies or minds will not let them experience the world any more! Imagine being one of these people and having a VR Headset taking you to where you long to go, this is happening.

Cannot make it to the Superbowl? Well you can now sit on the sideline via NextVR! Could you imagine, this is pay per view but leveled up big time. I will do another post on these guys at a later date.

Well you can now sit on the sideline via NextVR! Could you imagine, this is pay per view but leveled up big time

I hope you are just starting to see that there is more to VR than you first thought. Lets get stuck into some Apps, that is why you are here after all.

The Best Free Apps for Google Cardboard VR

Here is a list of Apps, continue below for more information on each one.

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Experience: 

This is by far the most amazing thing I have seen on my Google Cardboard, with the headphones on the sound was astonishing. But the feeling that you were floating in some kind of nirvana watching a most impressive visual experience was astonishing. You can read about this in further detail here but I suggest you just download this now and watch it! You will not be disappointed.

Bohemiam Rhapsody VR

Within

This is an App that impresses me so much each time I use it. We often use this App as a Demo to just what your Google Cardboard can do and it never fails to disappoint. Within is a leading edge Virtual Reality App that takes you into an immersive 360 degree world. It does this via purpose made 360 films and don’t they pack some punch. One of my favorites is Catatonic, you find yourself strapped into a wheelchair being pushed into an old school psychiatric hospital. As you are wheeled through the wards you see all sorts of horrific things going on as you peer left and right into doors and around corners. This is a scary and horrific experience which is exquisite in it’s realism.

Within is a leading edge Virtual Reality App that takes you into an immersive 360 degree world

Another example of short films you can watch here is a little feature called Invasion. You find yourself on a frozen lake interacting with a cute Rabbit.  Before you know it a spaceship arrives and things start getting crazy. You will find yourself craning your neck as it flies over you and hovers behind your right shoulder but up in the air. This is a really good experience and really showcases where VR is right now. As I mentioned earlier, this is a must have App.

Withing VR App

JauntVR App 

This is a mighty App that will provide you with hours of high class entertainment. It is up there with Within for quality short films that really show off the power of Virtual Reality and the Google Cardboard Headset.

There is so much choice, does not matter what genre you are after, it is here and it also comes with it’s own VR TV Series called Invisible!

Invisible JauntVR

Google Cardboard App

: This is an App that you must have on your phone if you own a Google Cardboard Headset. It contains demo’s to get you started and includes things such as:

  • Earth
  • My Videos
  • Tour Guide
  • Exhibit
  • PhotoSphere
  • Arctic Journey

In addition to this the Google Cardboard App lists most of the other compatible Apps on your phone so that they are accessible from one spot.

Google Cardboard App

Google Cardboard Camera

Google Cardboard Camera allows you to take 360 Pictures and record Sound for viewing right inside the Google Cardboard Device! A perfect and extremely cool way to remember that special moment. Get started VR creating content for your friends and family.

Full Dive VR: 

This outstanding App is essentially a VR Navigation Platform and it enables you to browse many types of content such as 360 degree and 3D videos. Feel like base jumping well get strapped in because you will literally be falling through the sky and looking around whilst doing so. Be part of a Horror flick in VR, well that is here too although a bit scary. Content here is divided into genres so you can really dive into whatever takes your fancy at that time.

VR Navigation Platform and it enables you to browse many types of content such as 360 degree and 3D videos

This App has loads of features, they are listed below:

  • Youtube: Stream all YouTube Videos in VR
  • 3D Youtube: Stream 3D YouTube Videos in VR
  • 360 Youtube: Stream 360 Youtube Videos in VR
  • VR Video Player: Play all videos on your phone as though you are in a movie theater.
  • VR Browser: Browse anything on the Internet in VR
  • VR Camera: Take pictures and Video in VR
  • VR Photo Gallery: Store and Access your pictures and video in VR
  • VR 360 Photo Gallery: Store and Access all your 360 photos
  • VR Market: Access all VR Apps on your phone

Fulldive VR

Apollo 15 Virtual Reality App

This is a fantastic App, ever dreamed about landing, Walking and Driving on the moon? Of course you have! We go into this App in detail in this Blog Post but this is something you really need to try yourself! One thing that is certain, you will be mesmerized by the Earth floating out ahead of you! Magic!

Apollo 15 mission on the moon

NYT VR: 

This is a neat App, it combines news, documentaries, short films and experimental VR projects and this will keep you entertained for some time. The content in this App is first class, the first thing I watched was a Food Drop in South Sudan. It was very sobering and extremely well made which you would expect from the New York Times. Another great piece of content is the Walking New York Documentary which went through the story of the Walking Man artwork in NYC, it was really really good. There is so much to look at here you could certainly take an hour or two.

NYTVR Walking New York

Google Street View: 

We know Google Street view from Google Maps and it is a very useful and interesting tool. Let me tell you it is much better with a Google Cardboard! Keeping with the theme of New York I decided to take a stroll down the middle of Madison Avenue! I was able to look at both sides of the street, cars and trucks along side me, the sky line, endless buildings on a stunning summers day. Really, you can do this just about anywhere, what a fantastic and useful tool. Imagine the uses you can have for this, take trips down memory lane or plan part of your next holiday. Or just check out great places around the world.

Orbulus for Cardboard VR

Orbulus is a wonderful App and will allow you to fully immerse yourself into the world of Virtual Reality. You can travel to different parts of the globe and experience things such as the New Years Fireworks on Hong Kong’s Harbour. You can also visit other great places around the globe such as our own Sydney Opera House, Paris or San Francisco but to name a few. The content here are 360 photographs with sound, the same sort of stuff that you make with your Google Cardboard Camera. Navigation is very intuitive and is done by where you look and focus your eye for a short period! This is a great feature and I am sure this type of navigation will become more popular with more Apps.

OrbulusVR

YouTube: 

YouTube is brilliant for Virtual Reality and works perfectly with your Google Cardboard Headset. Just do a simple search on your phone for 360 Video and you will see endless results pop up. Once you have chosen the 360 video you want to watch simply select the Google Cardboard Viewer Icon which is shown in the image below and presto! This is a great way to watch content on YouTube, be careful, you could lose a few hours here.

YouTubeVR

Google Arts and Culture

This is a really good App for anyone interested in the Arts! Why, you can really dive into different Gallerys with Virtual Tours and look up so much art through this amazing App. To make it even better it is designed to run perfectly with your Google Cardboard. If you want to find out a bit more about the Google Arts and Culture App read this article we posted on it.

VR Roller Coaster: 

Everyone has seen the videos of people riding a Roller Coaster whilst wearing their Google Cardboards! Well, here is one of many Apps that you can download to experience this great bit of fun. It will really show you what you can do with VR, looking around, feeling like you are in a different space! It is worth doing once and showing your friends the power of VR, people love it.

VR Apps Google Cardboard

Dive Deep: 

Dive Deep takes you deep down into the ocean where you will swim with Sharks, Dolphins, Whales and other fish. It is a brilliant experience which allows you to dive without getting wet and it is completely 360! A lot of fun and worth checking out.

DiveDeep VR

VeeR 360 Video

VeeR 360 Video

VeeR 360 Video

We have a new favorite App and Service. It is called VeeR and if you enjoy or create 360 Video then this app is certainly for you.

What is VeeR? Well, VeeR is a network of 360 Video and Photographs that are uploaded by people around the world that have 360-degree cameras. We first got onto it by word of mouth, we were posting our 360 content onto Youtube and were told to have a look at VeeR!

We were not disappointed when you open the VeeR App up and secure it into your VR Headset or Google Cardboard you are all of a sudden in another world. How it works is that there is random 360 content shown, you simply watch a video in immersive 360, when that finishes another video then starts. The content you see will cover all genres so diversity makes for a more interesting viewing experience.

VeeR App

We tend to only watch stuff that we think we are going to enjoy, but when you do not have to choose what is next it can really open your exposure to a variety of techniques, great story lines or just amazing vistas.

In addition to watching great random content, you can also personalize your viewing tastes so it really has something for everyone.

If you happen to not like a video, just use the navigation menu that pops up when you click your headset button and move to the next video. It really is great.

If you are a content creator the news is even better. Once you upload your content to VeeR 360 Video you will see that you get loads of views and engagement. As well as this you also get exposed to many different techniques and ideas on how to create effective 360 content.

We have a channel on VeeR, you can find us at http://veer.tv/vr/Austechvr. Just for a comparison, have a look at our Youtube page and you will see the distinct difference in views on the same video content.

You can Download VeeR for both Iphone and Android by following the links below.

GooglePlay

Appstore

Gorilla Safari

Gorilla Safari VR

Gorilla Safari

Ian Redmond takes us on a Virtual Gorilla Safari around the world in a 360-degree documentary on Great Apes and various species of Primates. This Virtual Safari was brought to us by the Born Free Foundation which is a charity that was founded in 1984 by actors Bill Travers and Virginia McKenna.

 

Born free aims to give every animal a chance at a fulfilling life and they regularly rescue them from terrible conditions send them to amazing sanctuaries. These animals include big Cats, Primates, and Elephants.  Born Free also focus on Conversation and Education which is where this amazing VR App finds it’s niche.

Gorilla Safari VR

This App is very easy to use and is loaded up with information on each Species of Ape in various locations in both Africa and South East Asia. You can learn things such as primates can catch ebola through to other interesting things such as Gorilla’s love Banana plants, not so much the fruit, though.

GooglePlay

 

Appstore

The app contains amazing 360-degree images with multiple styles of navigation from clicking with your headset to gaze navigation. As you look around each 360 scene you have that scene narrated to you and you have the option to then click further into other area’s you want to learn more about. These extra areas will either be video or another image!

It really is an easy and fulfilling experience watching and learning, in fact, you almost feel like you are in the humid leafy jungles with them.

Who is this App for? Well everyone from Teachers and Students through to people like you and me that are interested in these amazing animals and their habitats.

This Gorilla Safari is designed to raise awareness for these animals as well as educate anyone that is interested in their environments and behaviors.

Here is a bit more information about this project on their site!

 

 

President Donald Trump 360 Degree Videos

Donald Trump

A fun post today. Let me make it clear, as an Australian I am not entering into politics of either side. My aim here is to showcase some content of President Donald Trump 360 Degree Videos.

This is all historic and relevant to what is happening right now in our world iaoaj7y. The best part, viewing this in your Google Cardboard Headset allows you to experience these things as if you were there.

Spotlight Stories

Google Spotlight Stories

Google Spotlight Stories

Google Spotlight Stories are the latest Virtual Reality Sensation and perfect for our Google Cardboard Headsets.

Google Spotlight Stories are simply innovating and immersive stories for Mobile Virtual Reality. It is funny, I say simply innovating! There is nothing simple about these amazing works of art!

You may have read about Pearl, which has been nominated for an Oscar! That is the quality we are seeing on Google Spotlight Stories. Who creates these brilliant Stories? The people behind this are purely very talented Artists and Technologists that enjoy creating Immersive stories.

These immersive stories however, can blow your mind!

Appstore

 

 

GooglePlay

 

 

Help.

This is AMAZING! Godzilla has nothing on this lizard! The effects, the movie and the main villain were just jaw dropping.

One of the best VR Immersive Stories I have seen in a long long time. A must watch!

Google Spotlight Stories Help

Rain or Shine

This Story begins in a bright wonderful town and features a girl with a pair of sunglasses. However, things do not go as you would think. A great fun story which shows that no matter how bad things can go, every cloud has a silver lining.

The Simpsons: Planet of the Couches.

This one starts off great, is it VR yet? No! Is it VR yet? No! Is it VR yet? Yes!!! It was great seeing our friends from the Simpsons in VR, not only was the whole family there but loads of other characters too. Although this is quite a short Story it is rich with content.

Wherever you choose to look you will find something that you were not quite expecting. Some of the signs at Planet Couches are quite clever too, with such clever pun’s on common phrases.

The Simpsons Couch World

On Ice

Wow! This is a visual feast! There is so much going on here, where to look coupled with a unique perspective of being in the middle of a performance!This illustrates perfectly where immersive and 360 content is heading, and it is very rich with content. All the way down to looking a Bear in the eyes at close

This illustrates perfectly where immersive and 360 content is heading, and it is very rich with content. All the way down to looking a Bear in the eyes at close quarters, right down from the tip of his nose! This is a must watch.

Google Spotlight Stories On Ice

Special Delivery

As with most 360 productions, this one is very clever. There is so much to see, looking into many rooms from outside, cats chasing birds! Oh, and the main show. I will not say much about that other than it is magical and Kids will absolutely love it.

Pearl is nominated for Oscar!

Pearl 360 video Oscar Nomination

Pearl nominated Oscar

In a first for the VR or 360 Degree Video Genre, we have a short film nominated for an Oscar in the 89th Academy awards. The fact that Pearl is nominated for Oscar is a big deal for the ever expanding Virtual Reality Community.

We understand that version of Pearl that was nominated is a yet to be released Theatrical version, similar to what Pixar would produce. The category that Pearl is competing in is the “Best Animated Short Film” we are so looking forward to seeing how Pearl does.

Pearl is also up for an Annie Award and this award will happen on the 4th February 2017.

The movie itself is quite interesting. It starts off with a young woman jumping into the back of an old car. We soon see that this car has played an important part of her life, it is the place where she grew up with her father. They both made a living busking around the country.

The father would sometimes feel that he should be providing more for the daughter. Eventually, she grows and goes her own way before… Actually, I will let you watch the movie.

This movie is a part of the Google Spotlight Series on Youtube, there are a bunch of really cool video’s up on this channel so it is well worth subscribing too from this point on.

What is exciting is the accelerated occurrence of brilliant content being created in the 360-degree style. Of course, this style of video works perfectly and is best viewed in our Google Cardboard Headsets.

We are seeing content being created on the Video Clip front, such as Mix Master Mike and the Magma Chamber or even Queen and the Bohemian Rhapsody Experience which we have reported on in the past. The future looks very bright indeed and at AustechVR we cannot wait to see what 2017 brings us.

Lets hope that as well as Pearl is nominated for Oscar, we hear that it has in fact won!

 

 

Milky Way VR

MilkyWayVR

Milky Way VR


After our post on the wonderful Milky Way 360 Video we have found that people want more. No wonder when you think of the amazing images that can be caught of this amazing system of Stars.

Before we provide you with some simply stunning 360 video of the Milky Way let’s discover what it actually is. The Milky Way is our home Galaxy, it has our Solar System as one small part of it.

From Earth, the Milky Way Galaxy appears as a band of light from the countless stars that are clustered in it. The reason it looks like a band is because it is a disc-shaped Galaxy and we are viewing it from within, pretty cool huh?

Now let us blow your mind! The Milky Way is one Galaxy, we can see how many Stars and Solar Systems are a part of it. They are impossible to count! It is estimated though that the Milky Way has between 100 – 400 Billion Stars!

You would think that each Star would have a couple of planets rotating around it at least, so it is possible that there are over 1 Trillion planets in our little Galaxy.

It gets better, the Milky Way is one of 2 Trillion Galaxies in our Observable Universe.

Observable Univers

2 Trillion looks like this – 2,000,000,000,000! Now if start to think of how many stars and how many planets are in our Observable Universe and you will find that your brain could possible start frying.

The point must also be made that we have never viewed the Milky Way from outside simply because we have not managed to get a device that far away from Earth.

So, I hope that your understanding of how amazing our Milky Way is makes these 360 Degree Video’s even better. These videos are best viewed in our amazing Google Cardboard VR Headsets.

VR Mac-Pan a Pac-Man Game

VRPac-Man

VR Mac-Pan a Pac-Man Game

Nearly everyone knows of Pac-Man, well I just finished playing a few rounds of VR Mac-Pan and wow it was fun.

So, this is a pretty basic game which is why it is so good. You find yourself in a maze with a bunch of white balls ready for you to collect, sounds familiar right? The clincher here is that you are not looking at the maze from above but actually in it. Because of this the degree of difficulty is through the roof.

Navigation is pretty simple, you just need to turn to the left or right to keep on following and collecting balls. I did find that a number of times because I was lined up right behind the balls that I could not see the Giant Killer balls that were also collecting approach and kill me.

So a trick I learned pretty quickly was that you can sort of lean out a bit and try to see what is coming, the game does allow you to do this. It is not enough though just to try and see ahead, as it is a maze and you want to collect white balls all the time you are venturing into new areas where the Giant Killer balls are also farming, they can come from anywhere.

This is a great concept and the simplicity and familiarity are definitely clinchers in making this game very enjoyable for short bursts. It brings back one of the most popular arcade games of all time and brings it Virtual Reality, a perfect mix of old and new. On a side note this game works a treat in our

On a side note this game works a treat in our Google Cardboard VR Headsets.

So get onto the App Store or Play Store and look up VR Mac-Pan and give it a spin.  I am sure you will find it harder than the original Pac-Man and just as fun.

 

 

SBSVR App

Heston Blumenthal SBSVR

The Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) is Australia’s most diverse and may we suggest the most interesting Television Service in Australia. They bring us awesome TV, many Radio shows and now an SBSVR App.

The SBS is a service that provides a lot of foreign material and the more diverse content in the Australian media landscape. They are quite innovative in that their Catch Up Television App is one of the best in the country and have now entered the world of Virtual Reality (VR).

This App worked wonderfully with AustechVR’s Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headsets.

So, I decided to try out their App and found that it was not overly flush with content but the content that was there was good. We had stuff like

  • ‘First Contact’
  • ‘A pigs life with Matthew Evans’
  • ‘Festival of Light – Tomorrows Diwali’
  • ‘Welcome to Garma’
  • ‘Zombies in 360 from Mythbusters’
  • ‘Inside Hestons World – Explore the Fat Duck’

All this content was in small bite size portions but was interesting none the less with great production and the promise of more VR content in the future. This is an app you should get behind in the hope that it encourages SBS to make available more VR content from not only them but also the other Television networks in Australia.

So, what did I enjoy the most? I really like Zombies so the Mythbusters Zombies in 360 was pretty fun. I really like <a href="http://www project planning tools.thefatduck.co.uk/”>Heston blumenthal as he has one of the most bizarre and interesting minds in the world of cooking and the story of Melbourne’s Fat Duck was quite cool.

My favorite though was the Festival of Light – Tomorrow’s Diwali which featured a fellow using a Tilt Brush to create 3 different pieces of art whilst you stood in the middle of his creations and watched on. The Tilt brush technology is very cool and this gives you a small taste of what is possible with that tech.

You can find this app by searching for SBSVR on the Apple AppStore or Google Play.

 

Rogue One 360 Degree Video

Rogue One 360 Degree Video

Rogue One 360 Degree Video

Rogue One a Star Wars Story is one of the mega movies of 2016 and will be smashing records well into 2017. This is the perfect reason to break out the AustechVR Google Cardboard Virtual Reality Headset and check out some Rogue One 360 degree Youtube Video Action.

Rogue One: Recon A Star Wars 360 Experience!

This is a brilliant video, puts you right in the hot seat and you get to experience what it is like approaching the Death Star whilst under heavy fire from X-Wing fighters!

Simply, enjoy 360 Video, one of the best ways to get the best out of your Google Cardboard!