Monday, March 20, 2017

Bonus Blog 3: Experiencing the News

In the next class following our initial interactions with the Google Cardboard our class took a more in depth look at what these cardboards could do. We looked at comparing a digital newspaper, a normal newspaper, and then the news apps used by google cardboard. We looked for similarities and differences, and the positives and negatives. With the google cardboard apps we saw a lack of options and a tough time with usability. It was hard to scroll and read, it almost hurt your eyes to try to focus on these words while also moving your head to scroll. While there are good intentions behind the news app for google cardboard it fell very short to a hard copy print or even a news website. After testing all three of these I came to the conclusion that google cardboard is meant for experiences, it helps to transport you to somewhere else. So, while this is not the most effective way to communicate news it would be cool if it could transport you to where the news is happening. I think it would be interesting if we could watch the news from this source as well.

After using the news app for google cardboard my questions are:

  1. What is the best kind of information and/or learning tools that we can utilize through google cardboard? How do we develop them? 
  2. What is the next step for google cardboard? Adding buttons? Speakers? Sounds? How do we take this product to the next level? 

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