Rev VR Podcast (Ep.71): Building Google Cardboard from Scratch with Elizabeth

I sent my wife, Elizabeth, to the store to gather up all of the items we needed to build Google Cardboard from scratch. An hour later, we had it built and in this episode of the Rev VR Podcast, we give our impressions. … Read the full article …

DIY Guide: Build a Smartphone VR Headset That Plays Oculus Rift Games and More for $20 (iOS or Android)

Not everyone can drop a few hundred dollars on a VR headset, but that doesn't mean they can't experience VR! For those with the time and a bit of handiwork skill, this DIY guide from guest writer Ohaple will show you how to make a smartphone-based VR headset for as little as $20. Along the way, you'll learn the hardware and software basics of a VR headset. … Read the full article …

DIY Guide: How to Increase the Oculus Rift Physical IPD

While the average IPD (interpupillary distance -- the distance between your pupils) is around 63mm, there are those on the edges of the spectrum that can have an IPD as high as 78mm or as low as 52mm. And even though you can measure your IPD in the Oculus Rift to make some virtual adjustments, for those far from the average, there's little improvement to be seen beyond physically altering the IPD of the Oculus Rift. Barry Hill is one of those folks on the edge of the IPD spectrum, and he's found … Read the full article …

Build Your VR Hardware with 3D Printing — USC Launches Open Source DIY VR Website

The University of Southern California's 'MxR' Lab today launched an 'open source' DIY virtual reality website. The lab is making freely available many of their innovative virtual reality hardware and software projects. Users can download schematics to 3D print virtual reality hardware and follow the provided guides to put together head mounted displays and more. The lab is also making available several hardware modifications for the Oculus Rift which can be 3D printed, including a forward-facing … Read the full article …

Guide: Build Your Own Oculus Rift VR Headset

Thanks to Rod Furlan, we've got a great DIY Oculus Rift guide to share with you. Inside you’ll find a parts list and all of the steps necessary to build your own Oculus Rift head mounted display / VR headset. Rod is an investor, artificial intelligence researcher, quantitative analyst, and Singularity University alumni. You can learn more about him at his blog, Bit Cortex. Guide Discussion: See this thread in the forums to for questions and discussion about this guide The Oculus Rift is a … Read the full article …

‘PosiTTron’ DIY Oculus Rift Positional Tracking Addon Prototype

This guest article is written by Jordi Batallé, who has been hard at work over the last few months developing a DIY positional tracking solution for head mounted displays (HMDs / VR headsets). Batallé is a virtual reality enthusiast who holds a master’s degree in computer science. In his last article he introduced readers to the concepts of positional tracking and degrees of freedom (which you'll need to know about to understand the following text). … Read the full article …

An Introduction to Positional Tracking and Degrees of Freedom (DOF)

The Oculus Rift developer kit is set to reach devs next month. It is widely expected to have significant impact in the future of gaming. While we're quite excited for the Oculus Rift, there's an issue that plagues virtual reality gaming that even the Rift doesn't counter: positional tracking. The Oculus Rift includes an impressive custom sensor unit that makes for extremely tight head-tracking. Unfortunately, like all other sensors in its class, it lacks the ability to accurately detect … Read the full article …

Beautiful DIY Oculus Rift Built by VR Enthusiast, Here’s How to Make Your Own

Palmer Luckey has made it clear since the beginning that it wasn't any incredible invention or unlikely innovation that makes the Oculus Rift head mounted display / VR headset possible. Instead, he credits the mobile device (smartphones, tablets, etc.) industry as being the catalyst that has made the Rift possible. Small high-density displays, accurate accelerometers, gyroscopes, and magnetometers are part and parcel of any modern mobile smartphone or tablet. Now that these components are in … Read the full article …

Here’s CliffyB With an Oculus Rift Prototype (and other updates)

Need proof the Palmer Luckey (AKA PalmerTech) wasn't teasing when he said he was working on the Oculus Rift HMD with some big names in the game industry? Here's Cliff Bleszinski (AKA CliffyB), checking out a prototype of the Oculus Rift. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift Kickstarter Coming July 19th, Even Cheaper Than Before

Finally an update on the Oculus Rift Kickstarter. The head mounted display that's been... er... turning heads... has been teasing us with an upcoming Kickstarter campaign. The original plan was for it to go live in the middle of June but some exciting developments have happened since then. The Kickstarter was delayed due to these developments, but it's actually been thanks to good news rather than bad -- one bit of which is a lower price. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift Units to Arrive Earlier than Planned, “Really Big Names in the Game Industry” Getting Involved!

The VR community seems to be holding its collective breath to see what impact the Oculus Rift head mounted display will have on the future of virtual reality gaming. Patiently folks are waiting for the Kickstarter funding round to start and I've learned today that it has been delayed two weeks. Don't fret though; Palmer Luckery, the brains behind the project, says that the delay "is not actually bad news at all." … Read the full article …

Virtual Reality and Oculus Rift E3 2012 Interview with John Carmack [video]

One of the reasons why I'm so excited about the Oculus Rift is that John Carmack, founder and technical director of Id Software, is demoing the unit to people within the gaming industry and is building full support for it into Doom 3 BGF which is due out later this year. CVG / PC Gamer has a great 3 part interview from E3 2012 with Carmack who has clearly done his homework on HMDs and is hoping to push them into mainstream gaming! … Read the full article …

Early Oculus Rift Specifications and Official Site, Confirms $500 Target

Right now the Oculus Rift project is at the center of my attention. If you haven't read up on it, see here. In short, I'm hoping that this is the first major step in bringing virtual reality to mainstream gaming. With that in mind, I wanted to point out the first glimpse of specs for the Oculus Rift as well as an official site made by Palmer Luckey (aka PalmerTech) who is responsible for the project. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift HMD Kickstarter to Begin no Later than June 14th

I'm away from a full blown computer this weekend, so please excuse the brevity of this post. I'm writing from my phone because I wanted to share some brief but exciting information regarding the Oculus Rift that I wrote about the other day. … Read the full article …

Oculus Rift is an HMD with an Immersive 90-degree FoV, to Be Funded by Kickstater [video]

While Sony's HMZ-T1 and Silicon Micro Display's ST1080 have made a major splash in the world of head mounted displays by bringing high resolution and (relatively) low cost products to market, a key issue still remains -- field of view. Field of View (FoV) describes how much of your vision is taken up by a display. Increasing the FoV means that more of your vision is taken up by the display and this often leads to a much greater sense of immersion. Most of the HMDs available on the market have … Read the full article …