My colleague Alex 3D printed a Virtual Reality (VR) headset for the Toronto Reference Library Hub for anyone to come down and check out. It’s a great and easy do-it-yourself project as you can find all the files and instructions online.
Headset with Samsung Phone attached
Headset fully assembled
If you're making your own, at some point you’ll need to go to the local hardware store or dollar store to pick up a few things like the lenses, headband and nose guards to name a few.
Tony trying out the VR headset
If you want to come down and try ours at the Hub, bring your phone in and be sure to download a few apps before you come in. Get chased by dinosaurs or a Godzilla size creature from another planet. Walk on a beach, in a garden, or better yet, take a crazy roller coaster ride during your visit to the library.
Some great apps to download are listed below:
VR apps and the headset are becoming increasingly popular in the past year as major gaming companies are in the process of developing their own to compete with Oculus Rift. The Oculus Rift is one of the most popular headsets on the market and the consumer models are expected to arrive in early 2016.
Even Google and YouTube have gotten into the game. By updating to the latest YouTube app, you can now watch some of the 360 degree videos that have been uploaded and experience watching music videos and movies in a whole new way.
Kaiju Fury Trailer
Jurassic Demo VR
Even popular musicians have also jumped onto the new technology and are using this medium as a way to create new and intriguing music videos on YouTube.
Another fast and easy solution with a small price tag is buying the popular Google Cardboard.