How to Create a Fake Augmented Reality Computer

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Greetings and hallucinations! This is Ezra Fike!

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!
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Step 1: STEP 1: The Stuff

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In order to effectively pull this off, you shall need,

An old computer keyboard,

A mouse, (not the rodent kind),

Some large wrap-around sunglasses,

Some siscors,

A knife,

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

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First comes the keyboard! WHOO!

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

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And now on to that little rodent of the digital world, the X-Y Indicator! (A.K.A. the mouse. How boring.)

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

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Now for the most important part of it all; the glasses. These unlock the virtual world of your computer and enable you to see the three-dimensional world of BotNet. (That's the brand name I made up for this augmented reality computer. Feel free to make your own variation on it. Post a comment below.)

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

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Great job! You have now created your own augmented reality computer, in other words, BotNet Virtuocity. (That's the name I gave to mine. You can change it if you like.)

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...
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Bobey1 year ago
If any of you guys wanted to make a real one you could wear a normal belt and clip a battery pack to it witch powers the glasses

But what would it power in the glasses? you would also need a display.

twilightfox11 months ago

S.A.O. anime

www1392 years ago
ha ha!
That's great!
tinpusher2 years ago
Nice prank. However, your title is incorrect. Augmented reality is the overlay of data on the world around you. What you are describing is a virtual reality computer. But again, nice prank.
R1672 years ago
I would actually make it work if i could get my hands on one of those pairs of glasses that look like a 70" display and a raspberry pi. That would be fun. Also would need a way to transmit video and battery. So want to pull this off.
adunster2 years ago
A wireless keyboard/mouse set could be used in order to do this with no destruction and complete reusability on a legitimate computer.
astrong03 years ago
This is mean.
But hilarious!
james43 years ago


pablomar333 years ago
are equal to sheldon from the big bang theory
osgorb3 years ago
i would have gotten one of my friends to "ACCIDENTLY" smash the glasses before my other friend got a turn. Otherwise, great idea.
jentulman3 years ago
I've had a few mice and keyboards open for various reasons and the cable is very often not soldered in but has a little 4 pin connector on the end.

A few extra minutes to open them up and disconnect the cable nicely and you'll be able to reuse it after you're done. No need to add extra plastic waste to the world if you don't have to.
You could cut the cable without it becoming more "plastic waste", turn it into a nifty belt.
Ezra Fike (author)  prushik3 years ago
That would look very neat! You should make an Instructable on that!
Ezra Fike (author)  jentulman3 years ago
Excellant! I'll keep that in mind.
jsu2 jentulman3 years ago
that's brilliant!
i have personally never seen those keyboards before, but they sound so cool!
now i can tell my sister that our keyboard is broken! she'll freak!
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etopsirhc3 years ago
i've looked into actualy making one of these . though an actual working one
all it needs is a tiny computer , i have using a beaglebone planed , a pair of either 3D or AR glasses , a mini qwerty / touch pad thing to mount to a glove. and a battery pack . all of witch could fit within those stupid looking fanny pack things ( though i'd have to find a diffrent way to carry them XD )
addinitaly i'd add in a mic so i could use voice commands too.
Ezra Fike (author)  etopsirhc3 years ago
Excellant! I'd love to get one someday! Go for it!
same , but its like $200 for the 3D or AR glasses , and another $89 for the minicomp . and the real problem , i'm jobless DX
Look into Raspberry Pi also, cheaper than beagle.
roland9853 years ago
Hehe. I pulled off a similar prank pretending my sunglasses would display an OSB over bluetooth for bike rides. I am actually working on a real version though.
Ezra Fike (author)  roland9853 years ago
Great! Hope it works!
Yeah, its going to take a while. That's for sure. Power is the problem.
jsu23 years ago
i can't believe no one posted their brand name.
mine is NetEx ... but i think i'll have to improve the logo a bit.
Ezra Fike (author)  jsu23 years ago
I like that!
jsu2 Ezra Fike3 years ago
i appreciate that you posted this awesomely simple yet convincing prank. ext i think i'll try it on the public, maybe starbucks, order an ice capp...
nerd123 years ago
you know, you could make this. there already exists wireless keyboards and mouses as well as glasses with a display in them. you can use a computer like a small laptop or once i remember reading about some tiny 2x2x2 cube which was a computer. add all these things together and viola!
K4nyix nerd123 years ago
(it's "voilà". that's my french word :awesomepun: )

this other guy's comment about a on-glove keyboard seems amazing too. I actually attempted to do something like this with some clear plastic board heat-formed to a brace+handle and an old phone with a qwerty slide keyboard. Which never worked... because it didn't handle another OS, so the project aborted.
But your 2*2*2 thingy seems awesome for this. Thanks !
I believe you could also use acetone to dissolve the Dell, Logitech, etc. etc. logo if there is one, to save the trouble of looking for a generic brand keyboard, haha.
Ezra Fike (author)  MadBricoleur3 years ago
If you used a keyboard and mouse without a brand name, you wouldn't have to, haha.
A simple wireless keyboard and mouse set would suffice, then you wouldn't have to destroy anything. You could even do without the mouse and say it is the latest "virtual touch screen technology with planar space sensing" as you do virtual "pinches" and "swipes" in mid-air.
Ezra Fike (author)  ChrisLewis3003 years ago
That would be hilarious!
aalvia3 years ago
What about use a wireless mouse?
Ezra Fike (author)  aalvia3 years ago
That would work, except that I do not have a wireless mouse. Ah, psi. (Pounds per square inch.)
grt573 years ago
Nice Hack! Hope your friend enjoyed it too...
Ezra Fike (author)  grt573 years ago
Absolutely! Who wouldn't?
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