Introduction: How to Make Google Cardboard | Turn Your Boring Smartphone Into Cool VR Headset

In this tutorial, you will learn how to make Google Cardboard out of just a piece of cardboard. With this you can play virtual reality or 3d games, take a virtual tour, and much more. For this to work, you will just need an Android phone, cardboards and a pair of lenses.

Note that if you have any doubts please ask me on comment.

Step 1: Things You'll Need

Here's what you need to get started:

1. CARDBOARD :- Corrugated cardboard sheet, preferably E Flute (corrugated cardboard comes in a variety of thicknesses called "flutes"), available at many art supply stores and online . For best results, you should look for strong, thin cardboard (sturdy shoe box rather than moving box). Minimum size: 8.75in (22cm) by 22in (56cm), and 0.06in (1.5mm) thickness.

2. LENSES :- This is the trickiest component. Lenses that have a 45mm focal distance might work. Biconvex lenses work best because they prevent distortion around the edges. We used the Durovis OpenDive Lens Kit available on Amazon.com

3. MAGNETS :- One neodymium ring magnet and one ceramic disk magnet - like this or this. Approximate size: 0.75in (19mm) diameter and 0.12in (3mm) thickness.

4. VELCRO :- Two strips of regular strength adhesive-backed velcro. Approximate size: 0.75in (20mm) by 1.25in (30mm).

5. RUBBER BAND :- One rubber band, to prevent the phone from sliding out. Minimum length of 3.2in (8cm).

6. NFC TAG (OPTIONAL) :- One sticker NFC tag. Program it with the URL cardboard://v1.0.0

7. You'll also need a ruler, glue, and scissors, an X-acto knife, or access to a laser cutter.(not included in the picture above)

Step 2: Download the Template

Actually, you don't need to design it. The design files are already available here - https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B5csX2CytQ0VNlY1dUd4bzdRTFE/view?usp=drivesdk

Step 3: Making the VR Viewer

Now, follow the procedure below to make your own VR viewer :-

Firstly, open the .zip file downloaded from the website(on step 2) and double-click on cardboard.pdf file.

Secondly, print the template(cardboad.pdf) in colour by clicking File > Print in Adobe Reader or any other software.

Thirdly, glue the template onto a piece of cardboard(listed in step 1) and after drying, glue the light numbers on above of the dark ones.

Fourthly, cut out the cardboard along the black lines. Do not cut the 'RED' lines. Also cut the boxes with black line using a X-acto knife.

Step 4: Assembly-I

To assemble it, you've two choices :-

First, assemble as on http://g.co/cardboard.(Recommended)

Second, just follow me in the next step.

Step 5: Assembly-II

For the assembly,

First, fold along the red lines and also fold the lens part so that there'll be 3 layers od cardboard to make lens holder. But before folding affix two biconvex lens in it and then fold.

Second, attach the flaps of the cardboard into the boxes of the other cut earlier. It should look as shown in the picture.

Third, firmly assemble it by following the folds. The picture is shown.

Fourth, affix the disk magnet using glue on the dotted circle with mirror image of ''Magnet'' written. After that, stick the ring magnet with the other on the reverse side.(Now, don't use glue to fix it.)

Now, your own Cardboard VR viewer is ready to use. To use it, you'll need to download Cardboard app from Google Play Store.

Comments

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Hamudy+Thabet made it!(author)2017-05-07

What size of paper do i need

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Electrify made it!(author)2017-05-22

I used A4 sized papers.

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T0BY made it!(author)2016-12-05

Great Instrctable, well done!

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KenG44 made it!(author)2016-06-12

I think it would be possible to use corrugated plastic, available at Lowes, to build these glasses. If so they would support a larger tablet, such as my Samsung 8.4, My only question is would the larger screen require a special lens? I don't think so because the image on the app does not cover the entire tablet screen. If anyone has any thoughts on this please post. Thanks.

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Electrify made it!(author)2016-11-13

Try visiting g.co/cardboard.

But will a tab work?

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Mipy made it!(author)2016-10-08

Thats awesome dude!

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Electrify made it!(author)2016-09-09

sorry for the download link for the cutouts not available for you. i have updated my instructable with a new link. check that out.

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soldierman2020 made it!(author)2016-08-11

hey if you have a pair of binoculars you could tear them open and remove their lenses! :D thats what i did xD

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WilliamH201 made it!(author)2016-06-19

i dont think

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WilliamH201 made it!(author)2016-06-19

Do you need the lens?

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SarahHCassidy made it!(author)2016-06-09

Hi. Looking to do this as a team builder. Does anywhere know where I could buy all of the materials? I am looking for the cardboard already cut due to time restraints and not allowed to use X-acto knife. The kits I see online are already built. Thanks!

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Electrify made it!(author)2016-05-18

Woah! More than 270000 views!! I can't believe my eyes!!!

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kunalnc17 made it!(author)2016-03-13

why are the magnets needed

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Fazalr1 made it!(author)2016-03-08

if anyone can send me the the printable cardboard instructions pls

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virgilc1 made it!(author)2016-01-22

does anyone make a set of vr goggles to fit samsung galaxy tab2 7.0 tablet?

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Electrify made it!(author)2016-01-16

Within a year and a half, my instructable rose rapidly to almost 170000+ views.

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JordanM27 made it!(author)2015-11-11

were do you get the magnents

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Electrify made it!(author)2016-01-16

But I haven't used any! lol ;)

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Electrify made it!(author)2015-11-17

Get the magnets from an online retail store.

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Azozjawad made it!(author)2015-11-14

someone please send me the PDF file, it wouldn't open here :)

this is my email: aja107@Georgetown.edu

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Electrify made it!(author)2015-11-17

which pdf file do you want? please specify.

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Azozjawad made it!(author)2015-11-17

I want the one that I should print and apply on the Pizza box to make the cardboard. And I want to print it on A4 paper if possible

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Electrify made it!(author)2016-01-16

Ya of course that's meant to be built from any cardboard.

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Pippobaudoio made it!(author)2015-12-07

Mi puoi dirw il sito per il dowload della fotocopia da applicare sul cartone ? Perfavore ? I 'm italian

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AsadA23 made it!(author)2015-11-19

Cant find design files anywhere.can u please upload or send?

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Finnrigney made it!(author)2015-12-17

do you need the lense?

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Shane102004 made it!(author)2016-01-09

Those are the important one

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Electrify made it!(author)2015-12-19

yes

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NeyP made it!(author)2015-12-23

does velcro are needed?

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Pippobaudoio made it!(author)2015-12-07

Qualcuno mi puó dire il sito per il dowload della fotocoppia da applicare sul cartone , perfavore ?

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BradenSunwold made it!(author)2015-09-18

I made one but had to do some modifying in order for it to work for my iPhone

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Electrify made it!(author)2015-11-17

100 times more perfect as compared to mine.

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Electrify made it!(author)2015-10-03

I don't know if there's any VR app for iOS that supports cardboard.

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BradenSunwold made it!(author)2015-10-04

They didn't have that many for a while but recently put the Google Cardboard app on the app store. A few other interesting ones were also put up recently, I list a few of my favorites here

https://www.instructables.com/id/Homemade-Google-Ca...

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Electrify made it!(author)2015-09-22

You can visit the official Cardboard site to learn more about design and metrics. You'll find a lot of information regarding custom Cardboard models.

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p2002 made it!(author)2015-11-16

How to open a .zip file on an android please tell me

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Electrify made it!(author)2015-11-17

To open a .zip file on Android, download WinRAR from the Play Store.

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lol92 made it!(author)2015-11-05

lol

:)

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lol92 made it!(author)2015-11-05

lollollojeeemoeeeedeeeer!!

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izzI1 made it!(author)2015-10-14

how can i print the template? i could not find the one im supposed to print.

i used this template: https://www.google.com/get/cardboard/downloads/wwgc_manufacturers_kit.zip

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Electrify made it!(author)2015-10-09

It's nearly 94,000+ views. Hope it will rise sooner to 100,000+ views. Thanks everyone! Have a good day!

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yabeweb made it!(author)2015-09-25

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brittanyclearview made it!(author)2015-08-18

Hi - the URL for the template just sends me to the Google cardboard site (to purchase). Is the URL you provided no longer available?

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Electrify made it!(author)2015-09-22

Simply Google it!

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Electrify made it!(author)2014-11-04

While making it I enjoyed very much and had a lot of fun. It is a very cool ptoject which can be made from just a piece of cardboard.

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