Virtual reality from Google, with laser cut parts from Ponoko
Google Cardboard is a virtual reality kit that starts with a simple viewer anyone can build or buy. It works by turning your phone into a virtual reality headset using a sheet of cardboard, two plastic lenses, a magnet and a bit of velcro.
Using laser cut parts from Ponoko, you can get started with cardboard for about $10.
So far there have been a ton of apps released for the platform including test drives, roller coaster rides, and mountain climbs. But it’s not just games and rides- People are finding new ways to use the kit – from campus tours to marriage proposals to vacation planning.
Anyone can build their own Google Cardboard – there are no official manufacturers and the whole kit is open source, which means you can download the Ponoko ready designs and make your own. What’s more, since the kit is made up of inexpensive cardboard, it’s perfect for experimenting and creating your own version of the headset.
Download the Ponoko Google Cardboard design to get started, and check out Google’s official site for step-by step instructions for assembling your own.
Stay tuned in the next two weeks when we’ll be giving away six months of free Prime to the person with the best plan to use Ponoko + Google Cardboard