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Build an Arduino-based VR headset with this cheap project

Build an Arduino-based VR headset with this cheap project. (Image source: jamesvdberg)
Build an Arduino-based VR headset with this cheap project. (Image source: jamesvdberg)
A new project has demonstrated that it is possible to build a VR headset on the cheap. Utilising an Arduino Micro and a Google Cardboard-compatible headset, the project can bring VR to a PC for under US$80.
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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.

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Alex Alderson, 2020-06- 5 (Update: 2020-06- 5)