Plenty of big names have become involved with virtual reality (VR) technology in the past year, arguably the most surprising of which is Google. The search engine giant revealed a head-mounted display (HMD) of its own last year that wasn’t intended to take on the likes of the Oculus Rift but instead appeal to the low-end market. That HMD was Google Cardboard, a smartphone-based kit that users could assemble themselves. The concept proved to be a hit with certain companies, but one VR fan is looking to do better by switching out cardboard for foam.
VR FOAM is a new concept from VR Mogul that can apparently be built for less than $20 USD. The device was born out of the creator’s frustration at other HMD makers overcharging for their products. Crucially, the HMD beats out other kits by including adjustable interpupillary distance (IPD). It is designed to be used with smartphones with screens of five inches or larger, running with both Android and iOS operating systems (OS).
In order to create a VR FOAM HMD users will need a large foam board, a one and a half inch elastic strap, industrial strength Velcro straps, thin flexible foam sheets, a thick foam sheet, brass fasteners, tape, soft foam padding, at least 4 Small earth magnets, D-RINGS, a soft phone case and thin wooden popsicle sticks. The creator uses 24mm lenses found at Wallmart for his kit. Instructions on how to assemble the kit can be found on VR Mogul’s kit.
VRFocus will continue to follow any and all uses of VR, reporting back with any further updates.