This year has already been touted the year of VR and the D Scope Pro is looking to help people ease into this transition with a fun and cheap option. Virtual Reality technology has grown leaps and bounds in the past few years. Some of the major hitters looking to capitalize on this new trend are the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and the Playstation VR to name a few. All three are scheduled to release in the first half of 2016, and rumors have the cost coming in around the $300-500 mark. This is a hefty price tag to invest in any kind of technology, let alone a fledgling one. But virtual reality does appeal to the masses and there is no doubt a lot of buzz and excitement in the industry.
Looking to take advantage of people’s curiosity and skepticism Google has released the D Scope Pro cardboard kit. When I first saw it I thought it was a joke. It is literally made from cardboard. It almost looks like something somebody just put together in their basement and threw up on the internet hoping to con a few people out of a few bucks. But for the price they were asking and the fact that it is a Google product I decided I had to give it a try. After assembling my Google Cardboard kit I was instantly impressed. This is a great buy for anyone, whether you are on the cutting edge of technology or merely a novice. It is easy to put together and even easier to use.
How the D Scope Pro Works
With virtual reality headsets likely to carry a high price tag due to the expense of not only the software used but also the hardware, Google wisely decided to offer a low end model VR headset. This cheap intro model will give people a good idea of what the upcoming VR wave might be like. Instead of creating an expensive headset the D Scope Pro shell is made of a high quality and durable cardboard material equipped with biconvex lenses that offer a 45mm focal length. The image is projected using your own phone. Once you get the D Scope Pro shipped to your door, follow the easy instructions, download the Google cardboard VR app, and within minutes you will have a 3D virtual reality experience.
The Good and the Bad
- The D Scope Pro is super lightweight. Without the phone it weighs less than 3 ounces.
- Many of the newer phones are compatible. This includes the Nexus 4/5, Moto X, Galaxy S4/S5/S6, HTC One, Moto G, iPhone 5/5c/5s/6.
- Instructions are super easy to follow.
- There is a full money-back guarantee if you are not satisfied.
- The price! At only $16.99 this is an experience worth trying.
- According to some reviews some of the phone compatibilities are misleading. I can’t confirm this, but my iphone 5 works fine.
- There are no head straps so you must manually hold the unit up to your face.
- It is supposed to be able to fit over your glasses. While it did fit over mine it does not fit over my wife’s. If you have large glasses you might have to put on some contact lenses.
The best place to purchase the D Scope Pro is on the Amazon website. The kit is priced at $16.99 and there is a money back guarantee if you are not satisfied.
This is an awesome product. I have an iPhone 5 and I’ve had zero issues with my D-Scope Pro. If you are curious as to what the future holds for virtual reality you need to spend the $17 and give this thing a try. Not only will you be amazed at how well this little piece of cardboard works, you will also be entertained watching other people use it!
Once you download the app and go through the tutorial you’ll instantly see that your money was well spent. Use the included QR codes and instantly access a wide variety of games. There are literally dozens of apps to choose from. If you have kids you may need to spring for more than one D-Scope Pro kit. You won’t be disappointed.
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