Hello, Instructables! Today, I will be showing you how to make your very own DIY Oculus Rift called The Nova!
In this instructable, I will be walking you through the design of The Nova's headset, the build process of said headset, and the head tracking techniques used in order to create the illusion of virtual reality.
Without any further ado, let's get to building!
Step 1: First Things First: Why go DIY?
Good question! With the Oculus Rift releasing sometime within the next year or so, and plenty of Oculus Rift Development Kits available for sale and preorder, making your own Virtual Reality Headset would seem a bit absurd.
However, there are many reasons why you'd want to make your own:
- You don't have to wait for the official release.
Let's face it—the Oculus Rift won't get here soon enough. Why wait, when you can make your own?
- You want to learn more about VR.
The Virtual Reality market is growing at an exponential rate. You can get in on the VR craze and learn a thing or two by building your own VR headset—you could even brainstorm a new VR concept that you can implement into your own VR headset and share with the world.
- You can create your own design that fits your needs.
The Oculus Rift has many great features and looks pretty slick, but what if you could come up with a better design? One that suits your face better, maybe? Or maybe make one in a different color? The sky's the limit: this is YOUR VR headset!
- It's a great weekend project.
The total build time is ~30 hours, including cutting out the pieces, hot gluing everything together, soldering the head tracking LEDs, and setting up the software. You can start making your own VR headset on a Friday afternoon and be up and running by Sunday afternoon!
- You can make one yourself without being bought out by a sketchy third party
Looking at you, Palmer. I don't blame him though, 2 billion dollars is a lot of money to go into making a high-quality and affordable VR unit, so maybe things will work out in the end. Until then, you can still make your own VR headset for less than half the cost of the current development kit!
Are you convinced yet? Great! Then let's go on to the next step: Parts and Tools!