And what better way to do this than to view the world as if you were hovering several feet behind your own head? It’s a perspective that has been popular in Tomb Raider, the later Grand Theft Auto games, Oblivion, Fallout 3, Gears of War and others. It’s handy perspective because it allows you to see your surroundings, while also giving you a wider peripheral vision and allowing you to see your own badass self.
“But surely that’s impossible?” I hear you cry “Unless you happened to have some sort of magical Third Person Perspective Videogame Helmet!”
Well, it’s funny you should say that.
Here is a photo taken from inside our third person helmet, a device we rigged up over a weekend using a bunch of appliances and parts from the Internet and a local DIY store that came to a total cost only slightly more than buying Grand Theft Auto V brand new on release.
Step 1: What You Need
1: A reverse rear view camera monitor. These are typically attached to car dashboards and are linked to a camera at the rear of the car to help with reversing into parking spaces. You can pick these up for around £20 if you shop around.
2: A wireless spy camera and receiver. These you can also pick up for in the region of £20.
3. A hard hat. It doesn’t need to be a top of the range one, you’re not going to be taking many knocks to the head while you’re wearing this, but if should be comfortable to wear and rigid enough to take all the components you’re going to be attaching to it.
4. Some grey plastic piping. You should be able to find this at your local DIY store.
5. A wire coat hanger.
6. Some pipe cleaners.
7. Some strong duct tape.
8. An old but sturdy cardboard box for cutting into pieces.
9. Two battery packs (for the spy camera and monitor).
10. Some sheets of packing foam.
Step 2: Building the Helmet
Cut an outline of the peak from cardboard and fasten it over the wire coat hanger with the duct tape. Stick the TV to the underside of the peak and tape the receiver to the top of the peak. Connect the two using the wiring provided.
Hook one of your lengths of plastic piping onto the jutting coat hanger at the rear. Using more duct tape, and stabilising with pipe cleaners, have two more lengths of piping coming from either side of the helmet up to the central, rear length of piping. Bind all three lengths of piping together with duct tape.
Step 3: Sorting the Wiring
Your camera, TV and receiver will all need power. Trail the wires from the spy camera along the piping to the helmet, taping them in place. Likewise, tape the wiring from the receiver along the side of the helmet.
Using the leftover cardboard, create a cup on either side of the helmet as the pictures demonstrate.
Place a battery pack in either side of the helmet, and hook up the camera and receiver to each. Now your helmet should be functional and portable.
Use the remaining cardboard to create blinders to go on either side of the helmet’s peak (to stop the wearer sneakily using their peripheral vision rather than the monitor to navigate).
And there you have it! Anything loose or wobbly at this point you should reinforce with yet more duct tape.