Virtual Reality Teleconferencing Device with Google Cardboard
Created by John Choi | 2015
This project is a video teleconferencing device with two webcams for stereoscopic vision placed on top of a 3-axis motorized platform, controlled by a head-tracking head mounted display.
Note that virtual reality in general is still a technology in development, and there are many areas for improvement. Specifically, there is a noticable delay between head rotation and computer response, and sending video and angle information over a network only exacerbates this issue. Also, the servo motors used in this project occasionally "jitter," causing the device to rotate in small increments without input. Ultimately, the device demonstrated here is very finicky at best and should not be considered a completed product in terms of either reliability or usability.
In order to build and run this project, you will need rudimentary electronics skill, access to 3D printing, and the ability to use a personal computer (Windows 7 or above). Estimated time for construction is one week, and expected cost for this project is roughly 60 USD (variable depending on what parts you already have).
You will need the following parts for this project: (Sample links provided. Substitutes may be used.)
You will need the following software for this project: