How to DIY a Google Cardboard (Virtual Reality) VR Headset. How to build google cardboard

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How to DIY a Google Cardboard (Virtual Reality) VR Headset?

Google Cardboard offers immersive virtual reality in a fun, affordable and simple way. You don’t have to spend quite a lot of money just to have your own google cardboard. Recently, Google introduced DIY VR with a few essential tools and in the comfort of your own home. So how do you get started?

Steps for DIY VR

In no more than 3 hours, people were able to build their own virtual reality viewer. Do you also want to successfully create your own? Here’s what you’ll need, along with some important tips and tools to get it right.

1.The accessories you will need

  • PDF file from Google cardboard
  • At least two cards
  • lenses
  • magnets
  • velcro
  • rubber band
  • Art knife
  • Double-sided adhesive
  • Shears

It is recommended that you use a suitable type of cardboard, the same thickness as the sturdy shoe box. You can use a pizza box, but make sure it provides enough flat surface to work with. Of course, you need something durable yet slim to work with. In some cases, a few additional items may be needed, such as a ceramic disc magnet, a neodymium magnet, a few pieces of Velcro, a large rubber band, and objectives of at least 45mm.

2.How to assemble accessories

  • Download the compressed templates folder from Google .
  • Print the desired design files.
  • Cut out the design and stick it on the cardboard.
  • Fold the google carton.
  • Set 2 lenses.
  • Now is the right time to place the neodymium ring-shaped magnet and ceramic disc magnet.
  • Put on 2 regular strength Velcro strips with glue.
  • Buy an eraser now to avoid your smartphone slipping out of the Google carton.
  • If necessary, stick the NFC tag to the carton.

If you’re building your own google cardboard, we found that the DC01 magnetic disk inside works fine with the RA22CS-N on the outside. You can also use a disc magnet with a similar size DA01 inside.

Step 1: Things You’ll Need

Here’s what you need to get started:

1. Cardboard: – A sheet of corrugated cardboard, preferably E Flute (corrugated cardboard is available in a variety of thicknesses known as “waves”), available from many art supply stores and online. For best results, look for strong, thin cardboard (rather than a movable shoe box). Minimum size: 8.75 inches (22 cm) by 22 inches (56 cm) and 0.06 inches (1.5 mm) thick.

2. LENSES: – This is the most difficult part. 45mm lenses can work. Biconvex lenses work best because they prevent distortion around the edges. We used the Durovis OpenDive Lens Kit available on

3. MAGNETS: – One neodymium ring magnet and one ceramic disc magnet – this or that. Approximate size: 0.75 inch (19 mm) in diameter and 0.12 inch (3 mm) thick.

4. HOOK AND LOOP: – Two normal strength Velcro strips with adhesive. Approximate size: 0.75 inches (20 mm) by 1.25 inches (30 mm).

5. RUBBER: – One rubber band to prevent the phone from slipping out. A minimum length of 3.2 inches (8 cm).

6. NFC TAG (OPTIONAL): – One NFC tag sticker. Program it with url cardboard: //v1.0.0

7. You will also need a ruler, glue and scissors, an X-acto knife or access to a laser cutter (not shown in the picture above)

Step 2: Download the Template

You don’t actually need to design it. The design files are now available here –

Now follow the procedure below to create your own VR viewer :-

First, open the .zip file you downloaded from the website (in step 2) and double-click cardboard.pdf.

Second, print the template (cardboard.pdf) in color by clicking File> Print in Adobe Reader or other software.

Third, glue the template to a piece of cardboard (mentioned in step 1) and, once dry, glue the light numbers over the dark ones.

Fourth, cut the cardboard along the black lines. Do not cross the “RED” line. Also cut the boxes with the black line using the X-acto knife.

The bottom photo shows a fragment of the Viewer Case that I cut out of a pizza box with a knife and a ruler. The stencil paper is still stuck to it.

DIY You Virtual Reality Headset – Google Cardboard

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