PockulusC.H.I.P. or: How an April Fool’s Joke Turned PocketC.H.I.P. into the Most Affordable VR Headset in the World!

Some assembly required

Some assembly required

PockulusC.H.I.P. started as a joke. But then we actually got it working. That’s right, the most affordable standalone virtual reality headset in the world started as a joke and it works!

PockulusC.H.I.P. is an example of just how flexible and extensible PocketC.H.I.P. is. In addition to the things we’ve already shown you with PockulusC.H.I.P. –playing games and making music — we designed PocketC.H.I.P. to be built upon, hacked, and extended. Our 3D printable Pockulus bezel is just the first after-market modification for PocketC.H.I.P., with many more in development.

All it takes to turn PocketC.H.I.P. into PockulusC.H.I.P. is a 3D printable VR bezel. It’s outfitted with two lenses (to give you the perfect 3D perspective) that compression fit into the PocketC.H.I.P. enclosure. Just strap PockulusC.H.I.P. to your face and experience the new reality!

Thomas looked at how other inexpensive VR devices integrate their electronics with headsets. Finding a design close to PocketC.H.I.P.’s viewing angle, he adapted the bezel to fit the PocketC.H.I.P. screen size and snap-fit tabs.


Printing the VR bezel takes about 20 hours, though your print time will vary based on printer and slicer settings. Dial up the resolution and print slowly, since this hunk of extruded plastic will be pressed against your face. Go for a comfort fit by adding foam padding for hours of painless, uninterrupted play.

Print your own today!

Print your own PockulusC.H.I.P. VR Bezel today!

But a solid case design is only half of PockulusC.H.I.P.’s magic. Mednafen, the multi-console emulation software, takes PockulusC.H.I.P. out of this world. Plus, it has support for our favorite VR platform. Yes, that’s right, Virtual Boy!


At the command line, simply type the following:
sudo apt-get update && sudo apt-get install mednafen

Track down some homebrew ROMs, and then launch Mednafen with this monstrous single-line command.

mednafen -video.fs 1-video.driver sdl -vb.default_color 0xff0000 -vb.3dmode sidebyside -vb.xres 470 -vb.yres 272 NAME_OF_ROM

Of course, make sure to replace NAME_OF_ROM with the path of the ROM file you want to play.



We’re so excited to get PocketC.H.I.P. in your hands and see what the you can do with it. Tell us how you’re planning to modify PocketC.H.I.P. on the forums or tweet us @nextthingco!

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