Google Cardboard has opened the door on virtual reality for millions of smartphone users, but based on the recent hirings and shifting of resources Google’s been up to, it’s becoming clear that Cardboard’s only the start, and Google’s got some much larger VR ambitions; where will they take us? While Google hasn’t made any public proclamations of its future VR plans, evidence from at least one employee suggests we might be looking at some kind of crossover with Project Tango, marrying Cardboard’s 3D display with Tango’s reality-scanning hardware.
Googler Isaac Taylor recently posted on LinkedIn that he’s been “working with the AR & VR teams on Project Tango and Cardboard++.” Since this story has gotten out, Taylor’s modified that claim to remove mention of Project Tango and drop the “++” bit from Cardboard.
While the supporting evidence is pretty light, there is at least a little that appears to also connect this idea of Cardboard and Tango together under the Cardboard++ name, thought it’s very unclear how official any of that might be, or if we could simply be looking at a coincidence.
Even if the Cardboard++ name is just a placeholder or generic description, the notion of joining Tango with Cardboard does ring true as a logical way to push limits with augmented reality, and especially with the first commercial Tango phone due in the relatively near future, the timing makes enough sense for it to be part of the next phase of Cardboard evolution.