What Building Google Cardboard From Scratch Looks Like

So you want Google Cardboard. It’s awesome! Except that you weren’t at I/O and you don’t want to have to wait for a kit from DODOcase. Luckily Google put the plans online so you build one yourself from scratch. Here’s what that process looks like.

This handy little timelapse from reverendkjr will not make a neodymium ring magnet or lenses with a focal distance of 45mm appear in your garage, but it will give you an idea of what the actual cardboard-cutting process is like.

The main takeaways:

  • It takes about an hour to cut that cardboard.
  • Cutting cardboard with an X-ACTO knife is neither particularly easy nor fun.
  • Even if the end result looks messy, it will work just fine.

So if you can find all the ingredients, go ahead and give it a shot yourself; it’s more than doable if you’ve got a little time to kill. Just beware that the cardboard mask on your face might not look toooo snazzy, but it was going to look stupid anyway, right? [reverendkjr]