Build an Arduino-based VR headset with this cheap project
A new project has shown how to build a VR headset for under US$100. Published on Instructables by jamesvdberg, the project works with PCs and could be used with a variety of applications. The project calls for the following components:
- Arduino Micro
- 5-inch Raspberry Pi LCD Screen with HDMI interface
- Google Cardboard Compatible VR Headset
- 6DOF MPU 6050 3Axis gyroscope and accelerometer
- 1x Toggle Flick Switch
- 2x LED
- 1x 150 Ohm resistor
- 1x micro USB cable (at least 2 metres long)
- 1x HDMI Cable (thin ones work best as they hinder movement less, also at least 2 meters long)
- Some jumper wires
- DC Adapter plug 5V 3A (Raspberry Pi compatible one works great)
- Push Button
jamesvdberg recommends using a headset with a phone compartment door that opens as this provides better access to components than those with an inward sliding tray. It is worth noting that the display only has a resolution of 800×480. However, it would be possible to include a higher resolution display. According to jamesvdberg, this 1440p panel would be compatible with the project.
If you are interested in attempting to build a VR headset yourself, then jamesvdberg has also provided a build guide, which you can find in the link below. Code for the Arduino has been provided, too.