In this instructable, I am going to show you how to create your own fake augmented reality computer. An augmented reality computer is basically a computer with a virtual 3D monitor display, as shown in the pictures below. This is really a very simple stunt to pull off. I tried it out on a friend of mine, and he fell for it completely! If you follow my instructions carefully and with a little imagination, you should be able to achieve the same effect.
So now, let's get started!
Step 1: STEP 1: The Stuff
An old computer keyboard,
A mouse, (not the rodent kind),
Some large wrap-around sunglasses,
A sharp, pointy object like a pencil.
Now, a word about the keyboard and mouse. In order to effectively pull this off, it is ABSOLUTELY CRUCIAL that the keyboard is of a generic brand, and the mouse should also be a generic brand. What this means is that the keyboard and mouse should not say something like "Dell", "Logitech", or "Microsoft" on them. In other words, THERE SHOULD BE NO BRAND NAME VISIBLE ON THE KEYBOARD OR MOUSE. The key on the keyboard between the Ctrl and Alt button, (usually the "Microsoft" button), should be blank. (See below.) In other words, the keyboard should be compatible with all operating systems.
Now, on that note, let's start the build!
Step 2: STEP 2: The Keyboard
Now, the keyboard should be one that is not in use, because you shall be required to cut the USB cord. (Or whatever type of cord you use.)
Take the siscors, and cut the cord fairly close to the body of the keyboard. This should not be too hard. Next, take your sharp pointy object, (I used a pencil), and push the remaining cable back into the hole. Be sure not to cut the cord too close, or else this shall not work, and a bit of cord shall be left sticking out the back. If you are able to poke the cord back into the hole, it should not be noticeable at all.
Step 3: STEP 3: The Mouse
Make sure that there are no brand name visible on the mouse before you begin this step. Also, make sure that you do not need the mouse anymore.
Take your siscors, and, this time, cut the cord as close to the mouse as you can. In the case of my mouse, the cord was soldered to the body of the mouse, so I took a knife and cut the remaining rubber off the mouse. This may not be the case for everyone, but it most likely will be. This should not be too hard. Any cuts you make should not be noticeable.
Step 4: STEP 4: The Glasses
This is probably the least involved part of the step. All you need is a large pair of wrap-around sunglasses. I used some that were leftover from my grandpa's cataract surgery, but you should be able to find some inexpensive glasses at your local WalMart. Just make sure that there is no distinguishable brand name on it. Feel free to add anything you like to the, like cell-phone cameras, battery packs, etc. Just make sure it is not too extravigant. Feel free to post photos of your creations in the comments below.
The hard part's done! Now go out and have some fun with it!
Step 5: STEP 5: The Imagination
Now put the sunglasses on, set the keyboard on a table or otherwise, and hold the mouse like you would another mouse. Think up a way to "turn on" your computer. You could use the escape key, or if your keyboard has a power button located on it, by all means, use that.
When you start it "booting up", act as if it is taking long, tap your mouse impatiently, and make some comment as to how long it takes for it to start up. (The computer is located in the keyboard, by the way, and relays all images to your glasses via Bluetooth connection.) Then, once it has "booted", the fun begins! You can now tell your friends about all the great programs on your BotNet, and how awesome the display looks! Think up all types of things that the computer can do.
I shall now give you my little recipe for success that I used to fool my friend. You can make your own variations on this. Post your variations below.
I alerted a bunch of my friends that I had created a fake computer and that I wanted to fool my other friend with it. We all agreed. Then, we found a time when we were all alone, and I told them all, (including my victim), that I had something very special to show them. My friends who were in on the plot acted very curious. I got out my BotNet, and they all were crowding around me asking what it was. I told them that it was the BotNet Virtuocity, and that I got it for $300 on eBay, but that it was used and was last year's model. I told them all that it was very expensive and fragile and told them to be careful with it. I then "booted it up", and began telling them about all the amazing graphics and features it had.
Right on cue, they all asked for a turn with it, and so I let one of my friends sit down and try it out. He acted amazed and excited, and pointed in front of him at something that we could not see. (He couldn't see it either, of course.) Of coursew, our victim kept begging for a turn, but I let someone else try it before him. He looked amazed, too. Finally, we let him try it on, and he was genually surprised when nothing happened.
As I said, if you follow my instructions, you should be able to attain the same effect. A great April Fool's prank! I use mine all the time at public places, and you should see the people's faces when the see me. Be sure to post comments and stories below, and happy fooling! Now just think how cool you'll look when you walk into Starbucks...