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Google Cardboard, The Future of VR


The Google Cardboard.


Google Cardboard is a new virtual reality device. Created by Google, it pairs with a Google App to help the viewer get a 3-D rendition of what they are viewing. The device was introduced at last year’s Google I/O conference. It provides the ability, as long as you are the owner of a smartphone, to do things such as viewing your pictures in 3D. This year Google introduced a new update of the device, the second generation of the Cardboard VR viewer.

It is almost amusing that the Google Cardboard looks like a toy. It is the exact opposite of the highly anticipated Google Glass, released a few years ago. The device itself is actually made out of cardboard. It has plastic lenses that render the 3-D images and it only costs around $4. But, this is Google’s intention. Google Cardboard is simple, and can be used by anyone. It does not scare off untechnical consumers with a clean cut tech look.  David Coz, an engineer in Google’s Paris office who developed the Cardboard, said “We want the viewer to be as dumb as possible and as cheap as possible because we basically wanted to open VR for everyone.” Google’s mission is to expand virtual reality to all smartphones imaginable. The cardboard can be folded to fit up to any smartphone. Not only are they selling the Cardboard for cheap but, they are even offering a new software kit that makes it easy for app developers to make more VR applications. Because of the versatility of the Cardboard, Google is placing efforts in making it easy and accessible. The mission is more to amass an audience than to make profits.

This is GoPro’s crazy 16-camera Google Jump rig

The next step for Google Cardboard and VR are expansion and practicality. Google needs to expand by teaching the masses the real-word applications for Google Cardboard and VR. Google intends to tackle this first with entertainment. Google developed a 360-degree camera, called the Jump rig, that when it runs footage through Google’s software and processors; it will be turned into virtual reality. Google sparked a collaboration with GoPro for this. GoPro will begin to sell the rig with 16 GoPro cameras in the near future.  Google said that YouTube, this summer, will start to allow the upload of virtual reality videos. Other companies such as Facebook, Sony and Microsoft are making big investments in VR. Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has said that VR will be the next computing platform.

An Innovative Alliance

The Gilman Brothers Company, a North American manufacturer of foam board products, and Zünd, the lead manufacture in cutting systems, have combined innovation with strategic business. They created a symbiotic relationship, and at the center of this relationship is the G3 Zünd digital cutter. The G3 Zünd  digital cutter is innovative for two distinct reasons; it can adapt to ever-changing cutting needs while maintaining exceptional quality and it has 24/7 operational use.

The G3 Zünd digital cutter.

The Gilman Brothers installed the G3 Zünd digital cutter at their new Customer Experience Center. This can help Gilman Brothers test a variety of materials at all times of the day adding value by offering immediate responses for customer needs. It even makes international business easier by providing flexibility for designers in different countries.

The Zund G3 2500 at the Gilman Brothers Customer Experience Center (CEC).


Zünd’s vinyl cutter is highly beneficial to Gilman Brothers but,Zünd gets something out of this relationship too. Zünd gets to reach out to a new customer base on the East coast. They have a location where they can demonstrate their latest product and a facility to better serve existing clients. This partnership makes creating any type of signage possible.



Spring Semester 2015

The Innovation Lab has had a successful first semester. Students and faculty from all different Stony Brook majors came together to use the Innovation Lab for team collaborations, workshops and brainstorming.

We started the semester with an Open House that generated lots of buzz about the lab. The Open House was attended by several professors, student groups and classes. Wolfie Seawolf even stopped by to take some green screen pictures with the attendees. As a part of our partnership with Society of Women Engineers and Community outreach we helped to bring the Girl Scouts of America to the lab. They got an introduction of our goals and utilized our green screen, whiteboard walls, and Arduinos.

Throughout the semester, we had the pleasure of hosting numerous senior engineering design projects including our very own Samiha Shakil’s project, in which she created an atmospheric water generator that collects water from the humid air in an enviornment .  Jessica Cruz worked with a team to develop a food waste processor.  Ian Rippy also used the lab to create a coffee maker that does not need electricity.  Another student was utilizing the lab to create a mat that has a meter to display the proper pressure to put on the dummy’s chest to better educate CPR techniques.  The different resources and tools have been used by students of all majors to create intriguing and inspiring projects.
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Emily Beattie, a professor in the Dance department, used the vinyl cutter to create costumes for her performance “Explorations on a Live Wire.”Image Today, 6-21-48 AM

The lab’s 3D printer has been a big hit with those on the Stony Brook campus. Every week there are countless requests for 3D prints. Students can learn about the 3D printer through lab orientation and the 3D workshop. Morgan Kelly, an engineering student, even printed the parts of a toy car and used Little Bit circuits to get it to move.
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The Lab offered several workshops throughout the semester. Some of these workshops included Lego Mindstorm, Marketing Yourself, presented with American Marketing Association, LED Rose Building and Intro to the Arduino, hosted by IEEE’s president. All the workshops presented in the Innovation Lab were successful in educating the community.

The Innovation Lab has been a place for many different projects to develop. People to collaborate and projects to innovate. The Innovation lab is excited to grow next semester. We will continue to encourage students and faculty to bring their projects, teams and ideas to the lab.

“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine and at last you create what you will.” – George Bernard Shaw