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A Raspberry Pi VR Headset You Can Make at Home

If you're stuck working at home, (opens in new tab) you may be thinking of ways you can get out. A Reddit user known as Dungeon_Master_Dan from has you covered with the best VR headset -- at least the best one by yourself and with a Raspberry Pi (opens in new tab). The maker shared the project this week and included plenty of details on how to make one yourself.

(Image credit: Dungeon_Master_Dan)

The headset works as both a VR and augmented reality (AR) system. It uses a Raspberry Pi, infrared (IR) camera and an HDMI-compatible head-mounted display (HMD). As of posting, Dungeon_Master_Dan has demonstrated three separate functions for the Pi VR headset: AR, a virtual desktop and a self-contained VR arcade that uses RetroPie (opens in new tab).

(Image credit: Dungeon_Master_Dan)

This specific project was built on top of a Yuneec Skyview FPV (opens in new tab) (first-person view) headset, which has a 5-inch screen made for seeing from the point of view of a connected Yuneec drone. With the Pi VR headset project, the Skyview headset connects to the Raspberry Pi using HDMI input. The Pi is equipped with an IR camera module and battery pack before being mounted to the headset.

(Image credit: Dungeon_Master_Dan)

For AR, the IR camera module sends a real-time video feed of the room around you. By programming the Pi to display, the image as a semi-transparent overlay, it provides access to both the room and virtual environment, creating the AR effect.

There are already a few improvements planned for the future, including custom 3D printed (opens in new tab) components. You can check out the full post on Reddit (opens in new tab) and follow Dungeon_Master_Dan (opens in new tab) for more updates on this DIY VR Pi project.

Ash Hill
Ash Hill

Ash Hill is a Freelance News and Features Writer at Tom's Hardware US. She manages the Pi projects of the month and much of our daily Raspberry Pi reporting.