Do you want a VR set? You can make it yourself!

One of the most exciting achievements in the field of technology is surely virtual reality (VR). Virtual reality is created by using devices that stimulate our senses and produce a virtual environment that people can interact with.

Usually, most recent technological developments are a bit pricey, as is the case for VR sets. However, if you cannot afford to buy a VR set just now, there is a possibility of creating your own VR set with some simple materials that you can find at home or in a local store. The things that you need to make your own VR set include a 2l plastic bottle, hot glue, cardboard, water, and some foam.

Step 1

First, you need to cut off some parts of the plastic bottle. What you need is just the curved part of the bottle which is connected to the cap because it is perfectly curved to make the lenses for your VR set. You can use a marker or a pen to draw 4 circles and a pair of scissors to cut them out.

Step 2

Next, you need to glue the plastic circles together and make two pairs of biconvex lenses. Hot glue is the best way to do this. Then, you should make a little hole in the lenses so that you can pour some water between the two parts of a pair. You can use a syringe to fill the lenses with water. After that, you should fill the hole with hot glue, making sure that no water can get out of the lenses. If your lenses are leaking, you must fix that immediately by filling the crack with a little more hot glue and wait until the lenses are completely dry. You should test your lenses by checking their magnifying power. You can simply take a piece of writing and look at it through the lenses.

Step 3

Now that you have the lenses for your VR set, you need to make a cardboard VR headset. You can download templates from the internet if that is easier for you, but you don’t have to do that, since this step is quite simple, too. You should make a cardboard box slightly bigger than your phone. The box should be 5cm wide since that is the best distance between your phone and the lenses. Then you should make a rectangular hole on one side of the box to fit the screen of your phone and two circles on the opposite side to fit the lenses. You should glue the lenses to the cardboard box to finish this step.

Step 4

Lastly, you need to take some foam to make a mask that fits your face. It should be comfortable to wear as this is necessary for a proper VR experience. You should glue the mask to the cardboard headset and then you are ready to use your VR set. Get a mobile app and try out your VR set!