Following in the footsteps of other affordable virtual reality headsets, a new VR foldable headset has been created by Simon Josefsson for smartphones with screens up to 5.7 inches in size, called the Viewbox.
The Viewbox VR headset is constructed from neoprene to allow it to adapt to the different sizes and shapes of users heads. Creating a comfortable and lightweight headset that can be worn for long periods of time whilst in a virtual reality environment.
The Viewbox is capable of holding smartphones up to 170 x 90 mm in size and more about the project can be learned by watching the video below. Its creator Simon Josefsson explains a little more :
“This is our way to make a insanely cheap interaction device that almost everyone has the access to. Just print our marker, glue it to a cardboard / hard paper and fold it into a Ingot. The camera on your smartphone recognize the pattern and different virtual objects could be attached to interact with menus and select options. Why not create a casual Pong game?
Polypropylene :The material that folds into a housing is well known for strong and long lasting hinge effect. Plano convex lenses : Slightly bigger lenses than needed allows for a wide range of Interpupillary distance (IPD). Center of lenses is 62 mm, this is a median number for IPD. 30 mm diameter plano convex lenses leads to low aberration, no need for barrel distortion. Also gives better focus at the edges of the image.”
The Viewbox project is currently over on the Kickstarter crowd funding website looking to raise enough pledges to make the jump from concept to production.
So if you think Viewbox is something you could benefit from, visit the Kickstarter website to make a pledge and help Viewbox become a reality via the link below
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