In short, Google Cardboard is an affordable piece of Virtual Reality (VR) headgear that welcomes its users to simple yet eye-opening VR experiences. Following just a few easy steps, anyone with a smartphone (and a few free VR apps, of course) can now explore the VR content shared by creators worldwide. As the name suggests, this headgear can be built from low-cost materials that are relatively easy to find, so if you are up to the challenge, you can even make one yourself!
It may not be as high quality or immersive as the more expensive VR set ups (like the HTC Vive that you can use at UBC’s Emerging Media Lab) but it is fun to use and still brings quite a ‘wow’ factor to the table, especially considering its price.
Note: All of the apps linked below are FREE at the time of this resource posting.
Google Cardboard Glasses
Make Your Own
Pro tip: This video demonstration will guide you through the process quite quickly. For a brief overview of what is involved in making the glasses, see the instructions below.
What You’ll Need
45mm biconvex lenses: available for purchase online. Search Amazon, eBay or other sources. They are about 70cents each lens but you can sometimes also find them in bulk. We’ve never tested the theory that you can even make your own lenses but there are instructions available online. See below for video how to.
Ring Magnet or elastic and velcro: You don’t really need the ring magnet or elastic, they are nice additions though. The magnet is used as a button because you cannot click the screen while you have the glasses on. The velcro can also be substituted with regular tape. Magnets are about 0.75in (19mm) diameter and 0.12in (3mm) thickness, and can be bought on Amazon or at Home Depot.
Building Your Glasses
- Step 1: Download and print the Google Cardboard Template.
- Step 2: Cut out your template and stick your outlined pieces together placing sections with numbers in white circles on top of those with matching numbers in black circles.
- Step 3: Trace your pieces onto your cardboard (cereal box works well).
- Step 4: Cut out your cardboard outlines.
- Step 5: Fold your cardboard pieces along the red lines indicated on the template.
- Step 6: Put your cardboard pieces together as shown in the video demonstration.
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Hack: Make your own Lenses