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Have Your Own Virtual Reality System with Just Cardboard and $25

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Some cardboard, about 20-minutes of hands-on do-it-yourself time and $25. That’s all it’ll take now to get yourself a true, virtual reality experience. This is the DODOcase, a DIY virtual reality viewer for your mobile phone.

“We want to make it as accessible and affordable as possible that’s really the goal of our kit is to bring this to people so they can try it. The physics of the technology is really very basic it’s kind of akin to the old Viewmasters of your childhood, two photographs, one for your left eye one for your right eye and then the lenses are there to help your eyes focus on those two images," says Patrick Buckley, of DODOcase.

Most of the apps that work with it right now are free and range from experiences like flying around through Google Earth to virtually skydiving to shoot-em-up games.

Other big names in virtual reality you may’ve heard of include Occulus Rift, Sony’s Project Morpheus, Samsung’s Gear VR made with Occulus Rift -- all high tech systems set to launch within the next year or so.

“There’s going to be people who want that really high-end like fantastic experience, but if you just want to get around from point A to point B there’s something more affordable and maybe the right fit for you," Buckley said.

The DODOcase on its own is out now for $25-dollars through If you can wait until the holidays you’ll also find, for a dollar more, the viewer packaged with this Virtual Reality Beginner’s Guide, which will be on store shelves at places where books are sold. The DODOcase works with Android and iPhones though right now there are more of those VR apps out on Androids. ClientIP:,, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP