Video Script: Poor Mans Virtual Reality Glasses

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Title: ....... How to build your own "poor mans virtual reality glasses"
Length: ..... 7 min 37 secs
Credits: .... Andrew Noske
URL: ........

This narrated video shows how to build a very cheap set of reality glasses from a template I produced and feature on my Virtual reality glasses page.

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Title: ....... Build your own virtual reality goggles
Length: ..... 7 min 37 secs
Credits: .... Andrew Noske
URL: ........

Timelapse showing how to build cardboard virtual reality goggles (from a template) which will attach to your face. Also features on my Virtual reality glasses page.

Executive Summary

I didn't use the script below word-for-word, but I typed it out so I'd know roughly what I wanted to talk about.

Script 1: Poor Man's Virtual Reality Glasses

Hi, I'm Andrew. I'm going to show you how to make "Poor Man's Virtual Reality Glasses".

These are the things you'll need. The most important part - lenses. Here I've ordered a pair of $5 “folding cardboard binoculars” via Google shopper. They come in many colors, but most should have the same back lenses, 25mm diameter, and about a 60mm focal length. First step is to remove the bash lenses, the rest we discard. Now take I'll go to my “noskewiki virtual reality glasses” page and zoom into this sample side-by-side stereo pair image... just by holding your lenses the right distance from your phone... I'm already seeing 3. If you have different lenses, use a ruler to check the focal length so you can make appropriate adjustments to these two sections of the glasses [40 sec]. Your smart phone goes here, and this size should suit most phones, but if you have a larger phone you'll obviously need to make this part bigger. Okay, let's cut this out. Here I've printed onto glossy photo paper, but if you don't have that print on normal paper and stick that onto some type of cardboard.... Cutting out the eyes is tricky. You can of course fold and use scissors, but that folding affects stability, so I'm going to stab it with a pair of nail scissors and cut out like this. This will take a while, so I'll probably fast forward this. Now I'm going to fold these blank lines with a ruler. Okay, so no that's done we can use a small piece of sticky tape to attach our lens. I'm putting the convex bit facing out, but I don't actually think it matters. And now a second piece of sticky tape, to connect the two ends. And we're done! Slide in your phone to test it out and it should work. You can stop here, but an advantage of this particular design is that you can make it fold... so let's fold it now on these dotted lines. The disadvantage is that it won't have quite the same rigidness ever again, but it can unfold okay, and the benefit is portability, you can carry it around a conference in your pocket, or fit a bunch of them into a small suitcase.

Now if you don't care about it being fold-able, the second page of my template has two side sections – which will remove outside glare, a middle so you don't see the nasty overlap of the other side and eye cups so that you can be more immersed. Here's one I prepared earlier, you slide the phone in, and it works nicely.

For an even more immersive design, you'd like something to strap onto your face, so you don't have to hold it there. This is a design by a friend which you can also print from my site. For this one I'd definitely recommend poster-board! Glue it on, cut it out, and then you'll need a strap of some sort to fix it to your head. Now don't forget, everyone's face is different so you might want to adjust this part to match your face and add a little packing foam around the outside to make it more comfortable to wear. Also: eyes can vary so if your eyes are spaced closer or further than this, you might need to break the lenses apart, or find lens that are already separated. And that's it. Use these templates for inspiration, you might come up with even better designs, add your own graphics. Now a final note on materials, I've mentioned photo-paper, and poster board... cardboard or even a manila folder can work well too... but ideally you'd want the inside of your glasses to be black, which I haven't done on my glasses, but might be a useful tip.

Finally, my templates are available at the URL shown. Also on this page, I'll add links to other great tutorials such as the OpenDive, a few stereo pair 3D videos and images, and anything software I find.

Thanks for watching.

Script 2: Poor Man's Virtual Reality Goggles

What you need, my template on border-less printer paper and I'm using cardboard to make these VR googles. Pen and ruler to make and impression. Black masking tape for attaching stuff. And a box cutter to cut it all out.

Most important, we need the lenses which you remove from the front of the coardboard binoculars you bought. If held the right focal distance away my stereo pair of images should merge to one. This distance should be about 8 centimeters.

To save cardboard I'll just trim these templates before I stick them to the cardboard.

Now what I'm doing here, is using my pen to punch little holes, and then push down firmly to leave an impression.

A ruler can help with this part. In the next step I'm going to completely cover one side with black tape because I want the inside of the glasses black.

Next, we cut out the various piece, by carefully going around all the impression like this one here.

Use your box cutters carefully, not just of your fingers, but cut on a surface you don't care about damaging or can't damage... carpet like this works perfectly if you have it.

Notice for the really curved bits I'm using little cuts to get the shape right. The eyes are especially tricky.

Hopefully you won't forget which pieces are which. These side pieces here I haven't cut out fully - these will be for the elastic headband.

With all the pieces cut, it's time for assembly.

First attach the sides to the top and bottom, and finish up the basic frame, with the black on the inside.

Hopefully this will fit snugly onto your face, if not you should consider adjusting my template to your face. For example, you might have a bigger nose than me..... if so, my deepest sympathy.

Around the face part, you maybe want to add some foam, for comfort, in my case here I'm just using tape to make a pretty black border.

Next is the front piece. Sticky take the lense on the inside, the black part. I like to put the convex part of the lenses facing forward towards your eyes, but either way seems to work. Just make sure it will stay there!

Now we insert this insert into the front just in front of where your nose is and secure with more tape.

The phone itself will slide into the back of the device, touching the middle piece, so if not already we cut out the little piece where the phon slides down, here I keep it attached as a flap.

Next piece to attach is the middle piece to separate your eyes. This bit is pretty fiddly. You want the phone resting snugly against it.

If you're worried your phone will slide side to side, now is the time to add my so called "diagonal" pieces.

Finally we want to add the back.

Now I lost 30 seconds of video here, but you should get the gist.

You can now insert the phone in, and we're almost done! Here I take the elastic from some some cheap safely glasses I bought online.

I push the straps into these little slots. Fix it up. And then test it out.... it works.

Finally I'm going to put on the logo.

And there you have it! It took me 50 minutes to assemble, but hey - it was fun, and I finish up with my own 3D virtual reality glasses, for under $10.

Here's the website you need with my printable templates and extra tips.

Thanks for watching!