Virtual Reality Kinetoscope Parlor

Introduction: Virtual Reality Kinetoscope Parlor

This instructable is part of the Instructables Build Night with Dodocase at the Taipei Hackerspace.

Ever wanted to have your own kinetoscope parlor? Now with the help of a Dodocase VR / Google Cardboard VR kit you can! You can use it to amuse your friends, for parties, take it to the county fair, or decorate your hackerspace!


  • One Dodocase VR kit, assembled + smartphone
  • One large box
  • Scissors / cardboard knife
  • Tape
  • Marker pen

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Step 1: Preparing the Main Box

Find a big enough box to house your viewer. I've used the box our kits came for the Instructables build night. Stand it up, and on one of the edges place the viewer on the box, mark the width of the viewer. Should fit quite tight.

Cut the box in there, about 2cm or so, and make a whole on the two sides. Insert the viewer to test the tightness and whether you can still move the button on the side (if it's too deep hole, the button will stuck).

If the phone you are using is wider than the case, you'll have to take some additional steps:

The top and bottom end of the hole make some notches, a bit wider than your phone. Place the viewer's back plane into the hole, and slide in the phone from the top through the notches. If things worked well, it'll stay very well. Now you can close up the viewer and have everything in place.

Step 2: Decorate Your Box

Now you can decorate your box with additional features, like a sign on the top, advertising the attractions you'll show through the viewer.

Can also add a coin slot. If the box is empty inside, coins will make a solid drop sound, making the image of the box even better.

Now you can choose to show one of the demo apps, e.g. the stereoscopic toy app using Chrome, or prepare your own! Enjoy!

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    That's so awesome, I love the idea of taking a old concept and completely re doing it for the modern era! I love your decorations, we'll have to see how much money you get! Thanks for sharing!


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Yes, we found that people really love mixing old and new, classic and modern (though it's probably mostly our middle-aged hackerspace members who do that:). Lot of project opportunities there.


    Reply 5 years ago on Introduction

    Thanks! It's really quick to build, probably takes more time to find what to show in the viewer, than the actual physical assembly.