Sure, it's neat to view stereoscopic scenes with Google's Cardboard. But creating your own 3D images with your phone? That's way cooler.

Google today released Cardboard Camera, a free app that captures 3D still images with your Android phone that you can then view with your Cardboard kit.

To get started, launch the Cardboard Camera app and tap the orange Camera icon in the bottom-right corner. To record audio, tap the audio icon at the bottom right. Then tap the Orange shutter button to start capturing your panorama.


As you swivel, an orange bar tracks your progress, and the app warns you if you are moving too quickly.


After you complete your 360-degree sweep, the app renders the stereoscopic still image in about a minute. If you are unhappy with the result, press and hold the image to select it and then tap the garbage can.

But if you captured something worth keeping, place your phone in your Cardboard viewer to watch your 360-degree panorama.

Clifford Colby follows the Mac and Android markets for He's been an editor at Peachpit Press and a handful of now-dead computer magazines, including MacWeek, MacUser, and Corporate Computing.