At times when you're unable to go outside or simply want to experience something other than your immediate surroundings, virtual reality can come to your aid. However, for many of us, getting a full fledged VR headset might not seem worth it - due to budget reasons, logistics, or otherwise. The smart thing to do in a situation like this is to make your own Google Cardboard VR headset with things you already have at your home.

What is Google Cardboard?

Launched six years ago, the Cardboard is a simplified VR headset design from Google. Upon its launch, Google had also open sourced its design which means anyone with the right equipment and materials can make their own Google Cardboard at home.

Things You'll Need

  1. Cardboard: a couple of sheets. Thickness depends on the weight of your phone, but a packaging box should be good enough
  2. Lenses: 45mm focal length lenses, or a DIY alternative made from plastic bottle, scissors, glue, a syringe, and some water as shown here or many other tutorials online,  although it is advisable to get your hands on proper lenses
  3. Glue
  4. Scissors

How to make it

Step 1: Print the template from here:
Step 2: Paste the template on cardboard and cut it out.
Step 3: Fold the cardboard along the red lines and stick the light numbers on top of the dark ones

How to test it

Download the Google Cardboard app and follow the instructions on the app to start testing and using your VR headset

Experience more

You can definitely take this further. For starters, Google's updated cardboard design comes with a capacitive touch button that adds interactivity to the headset. You can always add some glamour to your headset by adding colours. It's your VR so you get to experience it your way.

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