I tried out the Google Cardboard app, without the glasses, on my Samsung Galaxy SIII (Android) phone.
Addendum [09/22/16]: Just found this.
I then installed the Google Cardboard Camera app and created a view of our Cook Training Lab. I tried unsuccessfully to create the 3D image just holding the phone and moving around slowly, but it failed twice. I then brought out the old camera tripod and walked it around and made the image below. Pulling this into the Google Cardboard app displays a 360 degrees view of the lab. *I didn’t record any narration, but the app allows for this. I’ve also just ordered a pair of Google Cardboard glasses from Amazon.com which should be here by Friday.
The Google Cardboard glasses arrived. Pretty much of a disappointment. The piece that fits over the nose cuts into the skin uncomfortably. The image did not display well on the large lenses. I fiddled a few minutes with it and have since left it alone.
ADDENDUM [02/17/16]: Got back to this last night. I am using a Samsung Galaxy S III Android phone. During Cardboard app setup you are asked to scan a QR code from the glasses and that will determine the viewer type. Apparently, there is a problem (with some S IIIs) that cause the image displayed on the phone to be small and at the bottom.
Someone had modified some of these settings and provided a QR image to switch to the alternate viewer with these mods. This moved the image to the center (bottom-center-top) and made some other mods I am not quite sure of, yet. But, these changes made the viewer usable. The clarity of the projected image isn’t great, but it is close to a poor Vue-Master rendering. *I am thinking that a 3D printer and some creativity could take these viewers in a different direction.
You could go here, Google Cardboard Viewer Profile Generator , and play with some of the settings to see if you can make a better viewer.
How about putting play dough over the nose piece to make it more comfortable? How about using a 3D printer to create a nose guard that can be attached to the Cardboard Goggles?
A comment on the above VR image: I am surprised that my image is not blurry. How did it take into account that my slightly moving arms & head, and blinking eyes should not be included in the final image?
Above is the phone on the camera tripod.
ADDENDUM ADDENDUM [02/23/16]: How could I go so long and fail to show you the ultimate effect of Google Cardboard Glasses?