DIY VR headset is a poor man's Oculus Rift
A head-mounted virtual reality display called the Oculus Rift has been making considerable waves since it first made an appearance on Kickstarter back in August.
With the first wave of shipments scheduled for this December, excitement over the upcoming device is at an all-time high, a high so intense that Rod Furlan caved in and decided to make his own DIY head-mounted display while waiting for the real thing.
An artificial intelligence researcher, Furlan is working on a homebrew head-mounted display with the help of his own ingenuity and what is currently known about the Oculus Rift's design. Now, before anyone gets worked up, it doesn't look as though Furlan is out to make a commercial rival for the Oculus Rift—the fact he's made his entire work process freely available to the general public says a lot about the matter.
How long would it take for the Average Joe to get something like this up and running? According to Furlan, an experienced maker would be able to complete the project in as little as two hours, while a DIY neonate should probably best see this as a "fun weekend project."
Anyone want to make an attempt at being the next Palmer Luckey?