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DODOcase Offers Do-it-Yourself Virtual Reality

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A new system allows you to experience virtual reality without spending hundreds of dollars. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the report.

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. The DODOcase is 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. You need 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.

I’ve tried about a half dozen virtual reality systems and to be honest with you this works almost if not just as well as any of those others that’ll probably end up costing you about $300-$400.

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. They are 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 says.

The DODOcase on its own is out now for $25 through DODOcase.com. 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 book, 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.

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