USC Launches Open Source 3D Printed VR Headset Library

( The 3D printed VR2GO mobile viewer enables the creation of 3D, immersive virtual and augmented reality experiences using just a smart phone. These low-cost, lightweight systems can be used to create portable virtual reality applications for training, education, health and fitness, entertainment and more. Currently the 3D files of VR2GO mobile viewer are available for the iPhone 4/4S, iPhone 5, and iPod 5.

The VR2Go is one of the projects hosted on the DIY open source virtual reality website launched by USC’s Mixed Reality Lab last week. The website contains many of the blueprints of their custom VR headsets and software projects, including 3D printed viewer. Users can download all the hardware and software package to 3D print virtual reality hardware and make their own head mounted displays.

The team behind the site is Mark Bolas and David Nelson from USC’s Mixed-Reality Lab. Bolas, director of the lab, is an inventor who holds more than 20 patents. His work focuses on creating virtual environment transducers and experiences that fully engage one’s perception and cognition in order to form a visceral memory of the experience. Bolas is now also adviser of the startup Oculus VR.

VR headsets that can immerse people in 3D worlds have always been expensive. Using low-cost components developed for mobile devices could put a virtual reality headset in the hand of many a gamer. Oculus VR’s virtual reality headset costs just a few hundred dollars but it can make VR into an immersive and entertaining experience.

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