Apparently, virtual reality is all the rage in the technology world these days. There’s the Oculus Rift, of course, as well as Sony’s PlayStation VR (formerly Project Morpheus) and HTC Vive, among others. The problem with most of these rigs is that they can be a little spendy. There’s Google Cardboard for Android devices and it looks like Microsoft is taking a page out of that idea with the Microsoft VR Kit.

If you didn’t know any better, you’d swear that all Microsoft did was fold together one of the Google Cardboard kits and slap on some Microsoft branding to create its VR kit. From the looks of things, they’re practically identical. The corrugated cardboard folds together into a goggle-like form and there’s a space where you place your smartphone. Holding it up to your face, you get stereo vision and the illusion of 3-dimensional virtual reality.

Microsoft put up a Russian website that has since been taken down and it makes mention of the Microsoft VR Kit in the context of an hackathon they have planned. The key difference between Google Keyboard and the Microsoft version is that the latter will obviously be geared toward Lumia smartphones, likely running on Windows 10 Mobile.

There’s no saying whether the VR Kit will be taken outside of Mother Russia, but it at least demonstrates that Microsoft is exploring this growing niche. It could prove to be useful in education, especially since Microsoft has such a strong presence in schools already.

Via Ubergizmo

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