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ZENDOME Stereoscopic 3D NEXUS 7

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ZENDOME Stereoscopic 3D NEXUS 7 by fullandc Jan 21, 2013

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After the big success of "OCULUS RIFT" on the CES and the anouncement that they want to intergrate a 7" Display i looked @ my NEXUS 7" and made this weekend Project:

First attemp to build a huge 3D Viewer for my GOOGLE NEXUS 7

I don´t have any clue about 3D, Optics or VR - but i Tell you this thing works - it is a lot of Fun. I Added some Lenses from the children binoculars of my son ( i promised to give them back)

Known issues from wearing it:

it is huge! - if anybody is better in optical stuff than me it is perhaps better to reduce the gap beetween the Nexus and the lenses to reduce the size - you will need different lenses for this - im the Moment they Focus on About 150mm.

it is heavy! - reduce the size would help - a second strap on the Head would be a good Idea too

it is not really comfortable - the lenses should be not sticking to your nose - and the frame should be upholstered - it is even a liitlle to big even for my big head!

it is not so easy to get the Films on the NEXUS! - No Flash anymore on Adroid? Why? - it took me a whole Day to run the 3D function in Youtube via Firefox and secretly hidden Flash! No Clue why they did this! Thankfully there are some "3d Picture APPS" in the Playstore so i could try if it works without Films!

You have to remove the Device and the "Dividing Wall" to get Access to the screen to Start a Film - so don´t glue it together - perhaps it would be good to use the screen as a Monitor at your PC - but i don´t know how it works!

No Head Tracking! - Snif! - but i added an IPHONE 4s Bracket on the Top of the Device - Perhaps anybody has an Idea how to add a easy Head Tracking - Geeks help me.

So if anybody wants to Join the ultimate VR Gaming Headset..... ;-) When i have Time i will work on the 2.0 Frame!

Building Tips,

Made on the Replicator 2

Low quality for testing - you should add "ears" on the Frame and on the Adapter to avoid curling of the edges - looks better

Paint it black!

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I have tried your links for the lenses. None of them work. What type of lense am I looking for to make this work?

i am in the process of printing this out and instead of a nexus 7 i'm using a 4" by 7" LCD monitor with power and an HDMI port , i think i will create a bracket for an airmouse for head tracking but shouldn't be to difficult .....i will post pics when i get it all printed and together

This Viewer looks amazing but, how do you touch the screen to move on the images?

Hi Ronart,

when i started this in 2013 there was nothing like "touch the screen & move the images" - No Google Cardboard, No Samsung no nothing! - so nothing to move! - i started a youtube video and watched it!

i think google cardbard is working with head gestures! - give it a try!

Okay so I'm about print this for my nexus 7 '13 what lens should I buy for it?

I made one that is an ipod size

YOU ARE THE BEST !!! Many Thanks for sharing !!!!

HERE ABOUT My Rendering with Rhinoceros + v-ray


I really like this project, but I had a derivate in mind when I saw this. It could be useful to use as a "movie watcher" for smartphones. You mount de phone on your head with this, and you can lay down and watch a movie on your phone.

Is it possible to make an iphone 5 adaptor for this? I even want to help, maybe if you post the solidworks/.. files?


Hi Maxime ,

i could but i´m using AD Inventor - so perhaps there will be a file mess - usually it never works to export and import useable data! - it´s perhaps faster to model this from scratch! it took me only 30min!


Cool, I also work with AD inventor (so AD files are great for me)
It would be easier to start from your design, so I got the correct dimensions to start with.


i spend some time searching for a android application that makes sense - it is not so easy - i´ve even talked to the guys from "GAMELOFT" Nice Contact but i couldn´t run a stereoscopic game on my nexus!

i just found the guys of the USC http://projects.ict.usc.edu/mxr/category/diy/http://projects.ict.usc.edu/mx... good resources for lenses and building stuff (why didn´t i find them earlier) and the best - feel like a mouse with the free android app FOV2GO Tales From The Minus Lab" - including a rather Impressive Headtracking based on UNITY - Please UNITY Experts make More!

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When does your kickstarter start? Ha seriously this is an amazing idea which I'm surprised no one has tried this yet.

A video walkthrough would be good before I try to find a nexus 7

Any way to use a wiimote with a nexus 7? That seems like it would prove all the control needed. At least to start.

oh, use it with google skymaps and implement the same technology to do head tracking... profit!

this might be nice with a droid dna.

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@3dfocus - the lenses i used are from a childrens binocular! They focus in 150mm so they will have 15 Dioptrien! They are about 28mm diameter! The original frame is made for lenses with 40mm diameter! I just ordered lenses With 10 Dioptrien, flat on one side and curved on the other, with 40mm diameter to test them and to reduce the hight of the frame to 100mm!

Hey - I would like to write an article about this. My only question is - what sort of lenses do you need? and what dimensions? Thanks!

thanky you guys - it is a pleasure to be featured! - ="thingiverse-4aa8dd9a08fdc32d53eac21cf46e79c0:disqus" href="http://disqus.com/thingiverse-4aa8dd9a08fdc32d53eac21cf46e79c0/Riddellikins i´m not very talented in cross eyed view and i don´t think you want to see a whole movie this way - the result would be a big headach!

Also, you have to keep your head in a very specific place. I think that would contribute to a lot of neck problems. :)

This is a great idea. I just got a nexus 7 for Christmas. Just one problem is that you can achieve the same effect by going cross eyed. You probably already know this but I just thought that I would tell you anyway. :)

(I do see the point in this though, the cross eyed thing is pretty difficult to do)

Crossing your eyes will switch the images. Depth will be fubar

very creative, nicely done!

haha love it. NIce work!

This is incredible! Great idea :) Luckily I'm a Rift backer, so I receive one soon hopefully.