VR Viewer Inspired by Google Cardboard Workshop

Google Cardboard Inspired VR Viewer

In this workshop, we make custom VR viewers with a design based on the Google Cardboard. The folding is a little involved and some of the parts are pre cut to save time. Special care should be taken during assembly involving the lenses and the adhesive copper strip. You will leave with a functioning VR viewer that is compatible with a handful of apps including the YouTube app, where you can watch 360 videos.

Programs: Adobe Illustrator
Machines: Laser Cutter (Epilog Laser Helix/Fusion M2)

Cell phones not provided.

After you have created your Viewer, here are some fun apps that you can use with it:

InMind VR – Travel inside of the brain in this first person shooter game. Neutralize defective cells inside of the game to win!

Vanguard VR – Fly through space, dodging asteroids and destroying meteors in this first person shooting game. Make it to the end without running into anything to win!
Sisters – WARNING: HORROR GAME – learn the story of the sisters as you are abandoned in a creepy old manor that hasn’t been inhabited in years, or so you think!

Dinosaurs! – Watch dinosaurs walk around you and tap them to learn about the species. If you use it with our viewer, you will just see dinosaurs on a black background, so it isn’t the full experience but is still cool.

Google Street View – Explore famous places around the world such as national landmarks and other countries. You also have the option to capture your own high quality 3D experience!

Splash! – Create your own 3D experiences and see other places captured by other people. This program is a bit harder to use than Google Street View, and is of a bit lower quality, but you can take videos instead of pictures.

Star Wars – WARNING: This app takes a long time to download content and takes up a lot of space on your phone. I’ve literally had time to type up this entire page, and it’s not even half way done loading. I don’t know what you can do here, since I deleted the app before it was finished loading, but if you find out, let me know!

YouTubeSearch “360 Video” on YouTube to find their official 3D video channel. This won’t work with your viewer, but it is a cool virtual reality experience that works with most modern smartphones. It also works on your computer, so click here to try it out!

Note: This list was gathered in 2014. Some apps and features may no longer be supported.

Google Cardboard is a trademark of Google Inc.

Scan this QR code to calibrate the Google Cardboard app to your lenses.