DIY | Rick GarsonWith the colorful and successful plethora of VR headsets, did you know that you can quickly create your very own handy-dandy Google Cardboard headset, which you can produce at minimal cost? The most critical materials needed: clear plastic, magnets, water, and a cardboard guide for the headset. That’s all.

All of this can be done by using printable templates to accurately compose the headset, which reduces the least distance of distinct vision (LDDV), providing an opportunity for the screen of a smartphone to be viewed clearly as it’s held just a few a centimeters from our faces.

There are six essential characteristics of a virtual reality headset: 1. A smartphone display, which shows two separate pictures, one of each eye. 2. A camera cut-out for the rear camera, so that augmented reality apps might use it. 3. There must be a grip pad for preventing the phone from sliding out of the contraption. 4. Lenses are necessary, as they enable magnification of images to match the natural field of view. 5. There has to be a ‘thumb-cut-out’, enable to control of the phone with thumbs while using the viewer. 6. Finally, the smartphone is necessary, as it generates the virtual world for visual consumption.

Please find the required materials just below:

Required Materials

  1. Google Cardboard templates
  2. Scissors
  3. Exacto knife (stencil cutter)
  4. Glue
  5. Glue stick and glue gun
  6. Neodymium magnet (optional for older iPhones)
  7. Smartphone (iOS / Android)
  8. Quick dry Epoxy
  9. Clear plastic bottle made of PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate), an example.
  10. Syringe with needle
  11. Velcro or rubber band

Please find a brief an overview of what you’ll need to do to create the lenses for your classes, then visit for the rest of the process:

  1. You can make Biconvex lenses with the use of just plastic bottles as a bit of water. The container must have proper curvature, which will help with focal distance and parallel light rays.
  2. You’ll need to cut circular pieces of plastic from the bottle using scissors and a circular template cut from cardboard. You’ll need four circles, as each biconvex lens requires two pieces of plastic.
  3. Combine two pieces of plastic to create a biconvex shape, and then seal them using quick-dry epoxy.
  4. Next, use a syringe with clear water to inject into the biconvex, remove any air bubbles, and reseal. Then allow it to dry. Repeat this action a second time for your second lens.

For a template that demonstrates how to design your headset at home, please click here. Also, please find an instructional tutorial video just below: