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DIY $45 FPV Goggles for RC Quad Copters or Planes

In my opinion the best way to enjoy FPV is with video goggles. Sadly the cheapest FPV goggles out there is around $150. $150 I don't have. So i came up with a solution! A DIY pair you can make for $45! Sure the experience isn't as great as what you would get from a Fatshark or other high end FPV goggles, but its definitely worth the 45 bucks! 

The goggles consist of a 4.3 inch LCD screen, Foam board, Ski Goggles, and Duct tape (color)


 
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Step 1: Parts / Materials

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Parts: 
4.3 Inch LCD screen - $25
(I got mine here)
http://www.amazon.com/Sunnvalleytek-Digital-Monitor-swivel-stand/dp/B005DP9QHA/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1377965979&sr=8-4&keywords=4.3+inch+LCD

Ski Goggles - i got mine from Walmart - around $15 Bucks

Materials:
Dollar tree foam board 
Hot Glue and glue gun
Duct tape (any color you want)

Tools:
Hobby Knife 
Straight edge 
Pencil 

Step 2: Screen Distance

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Determining the distance the screen is from your face is critical!! For everybody the distance may be different depending on the users eyesight.

Place the screen in front of your face and find a distance you like. Then take a ruler and measure how far it is from your nose to the front of the screen. Record the measurement.

In my case i liked 3 1/2 in
rsmith7913 days ago

Nice work... - have you considered using a fresnel lens at all?

scooby562 months ago

Alternatively - one of these cheap(ish) products use lenses which might be more comfortable to focus at such a short distance. Anyone have any suggestions on the best way to to get the video feed to your phone to run via the software?

http://www.vrase.com/

http://www.altergaze.com/

http://www.durovis.com/

Ha ha. A dare ruler. I remember dare!! Anyways I really like your instructables. I am obsessed with rc planes !!!!! I can't get enough rc plane stuff. I'm glad to find someone who is also into the hobby. Thanks man ; )
Romout3 months ago

I bought this monitor iHarbort 4,3 Zoll PAL/NTSC TFT LCD Monitor as it seemed similar to the one you where using.

It has an signal auto-detect feature which switches the TFT off when ever the signal gets weaker. As the manual for my TFT is very poor, I did not find a way to overcome that bad habbit. Do you have similar problems?

phil725 months ago
I'm not going to try this project personally as it'd give me headaches cool idea though, I was going to mention the exact same thing that amishjim mentioned above regarding the inside of your tunnel area I guess you could call it. A dark color such as black would definitely add to the experience by deleting the white which is acting like a light source you could describe it as, so darkening the whole inside & sealing all edges will definitely add to the effect.
n0ukf5 months ago

How can you focus on something so close? Strong reading glasses? Without readers, I'd need that to be 16" long.

amishjim9 months ago
I would also suggest either getting the black foamcore or painting the inside black for better viewing. Great build. That monitor is $19 now.
Great instructable! Love the dare ruler too
Thanks!!
mr.incredible11 months ago
Very nice. I just got my goggles a month ago. I wish I had seen this first. Great design, how is the weight? Does it stay on your face well enough? I would add, only for ascetics, the dollar store also carries black foam core now. You could also add a 10 cm strip, of foam core, all the way around the inside next to the screen. That would give the phone a place to stop for easy placement and removal.
They work great for the price, but i have discovered it is a little heavy on your nose. i Might add some more foam to the nose or a counterweight system to take some of the weight. I have also discovered that the black foam board from dollar tree is not as strong as the white. Plus the paper on the black tends to come apart easier. But you are correct from the inside a black finish would look nicer!