Friday, 11 April 2014

Making 3D glasses from a phone

How to make 3D glasses with a phone and a 3D printer.

To be honest this is just a copy of a project of another guy that did all the real work, here I just show of my version with some tips and tricks on software and other hardware you can use.

I did this already some time ago, so I now found out that the amount of software heavily increased!
What is very nice, for I was under the impression that the Oculus Rift would have more support and thus more software avalible.
If you want a few point what make the OpenDive better (in my opinion):
  1. Cheaper
  2. Full HD (it depends on your phone).
  3. Mobile (Oculus needs a computer to connect to, can be laptop. But not the same) 
In the time I was writing this (it did take me some time...) there was a new project on Kickstarter what is very similar to OpenDive. Just that this looks like they just want to make money (sorry to say). Because they offer nice looking glasses, but at a higher cost, less freedom (you have set to your phone dimensions) and most of all, they did not publish (yet) any software...

Printing the 3D object 

For the 3D object I use the one from the site, from the how to part.To print it at my local 3D print shop cost like 40 euro, high density.

Here is the final result of the print job. First front and then back. I made it the color green because it is my son's favorite color.
 Afterward I did reinforce the top and fixed the phone holders (two bars going from top to bottom).
Also add some soft small isolation tape so the plastic is not scratching the face. And of course the lenses and the band to strap it to your face.

Doing a OpenDive Test run 

Here are the first results when running the OpenDive test run. What you can get from here.

Other applications

Of course that test run is boring, and I wanted to play Quake! For the full game you still need to provide your own texture files, you can search google for these details.
There are a few others that you can enjoy with these glasses:
  • Wings - a kind of sky diving game
  • RTPhiscics RT3DApp - Simple more testing game
  • The Height - No idea how to describe this one...
  • Bubblecards - Some stupid racing game
  • FOV2GO Minus Lab - strange looking
  • RollerCoast - Cool to show the folks the glasses!
  • Go Show Free - A real home theater
  • DiveCityCoaster - Same as the Rollercoaster
  • Virtual Reality FPS - Difficult to see FPS
  • Dive Launcher - Dive interface...
  • Jet Sprint - A Flight similator
  • Dive Deep - Underwater game
  • VR Scene - Nice look FPS, Unreal flavor
If you plan on making your own take a look here. But you can try to play game with it, see the video. This called Kainy and seems very promising.

Useful addon devices

When the games are installed, I soon found out that controlling with my bluetooth keyboard is not an option. The best is a bluetooth gamepad, I did it with a PS3 gamepad, but this required some other tweaking.
Just remember that when you use these glasses, you are wearing your control's.

The Next step: Leapmotion

First of all I came across the leap motion a year before it was released. And I was already thinking in this direction. Then Oculus Rift came alone and thus the OpenDive. Now somebody already combined the Leap with the Oculus.
But Oculus was just sold to Facebook and I the comment Markus "Notch" Persson gave on pulling back his Minecraft: "Facebook creep's him out!".
So Let now work on a way to have it work on OpenDive! I did see Minecraftfor Android, so...

I am working a some idea's, but nothing concrete yet...

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