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    Thursday
    May102018

    Chad's Crappy Corner & His Second Gadget For His New May Theme! 

    Chad polled our loyal Patreon members and asked them to vote on his cheap theme for May. Their choice “Cheap DIY Gadgets”! These are gadgets you make yourself.

    This week Chad's second pick is the Google Cardboard viewer. The cost? Zero, assuming you have the minor 'makings' in the house already. Here's how Google puts it: “When we said making your own Google Cardboard was for everyone, we meant everyone, and that includes manufacturers too. So the Cardboard viewer specification is open source and ready for you to start building. Watch this video to see Chad built his own Google Cardboard. As he pointed out, the main thing you need is cardboard. And if you have Amazon Prime you most likely have LOT of cardboard around. Chad even shows us how to make the lenses. From watching Chad build his own Google Cardboard, I would say you need a lot of patience. But that's something you'll have judge for yourself. Once you build your VR viewer, it should work great with Cardboard apps and games. Here's Chad's link to get started, and that photo above is Chad's finished 'cardboard VR'. (Chad thinks this is a great project to do with kids too.) And don't forget, you need to supply the phone - Android or iOS. (Phone requires gyroscope sensor for 360 VR.)

    Link to download the plans for building your own cardboard VR: (You can buy built ones there too starting at under $8.)

    https://vr.google.com/cardboard/manufacturers/

    See or hear this show: www.gizwiz.tv/episode/1674  

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