Opendive – Low Cost DIY Open Source 3D Virtual Reality Kit for Smartphones

About 10 days ago, I wrote about solution to record and play 360 degrees panoramic videos. One of the itmen was vrAse virtual reality case for your smartphone, and allows you to enjoy immersive 3D experience. If you’d rather do your own, than buy a kit for about 100 Euros, there’s an open source project called OpenDive that does about the same thing, and allows you to play games in 3D.

All you need to do is to download the 3D files, print the head-mounted glasses it with your 3D printer, and buy the lense kit (6.99 Euros) to get a complete working system. You may have to modify the design, and adapt it to your phone dimensions. And if you don’t have a 3D printer, somebody provided instructions to do your own by cutting wood or plastic sheets. You then should be able to watch 360 deg. panorama videos, and play 3D games (See current list) as shown in the video below:

If you are a game developer (iOS or Android), you can use the Dive SDK to make your games support the glasses.

More information can be found on Opendive page. There’s also a commercial version called the Dive.

Thanks to Matthias for the tip.

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Apparantly Google likes the concept as well and created for the I/O conference cardboard.


Google I/O 2014 – Cardboard: VR for Android :


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