Virtual Reality: Create a Virtual Room Using Blender

Image via Wikimedia
Image via Wikimedia

Skill Level: Level 3

Badges Earned: Virtual Reality Level 3

Description: Now- big deal here. You’re going to create a 3 dimensional room using Blender, which is available for PC or Mac. Blender is animation program that allows you to create Hollywood-style special effects with 3D. Now- with Google Cardboard- we can export those experiences, upload them to YouTube for viewing in Google Cardboard.

How awesome is that?

Part 1: Get Your Idea ON! Fill Out a Challenge Proposal

So- you need to create a simulated room- what’s it going to be?  And how is it going to solve a problem? How does Virtual Reality solve problems? That’s going to be your question to help you as you create your Challenge proposals.

Fill That Out Now! 

Part 2: Getting Started with Blender

You’ll need a PC or a Mac, and a GREAT idea! Now that your idea is good, start digging in on the Blender Tutorial. You don’t have to go through the whole thing, if you think you’re getting the hang of it.  YouTube also has some great getting started tutorials, if you want to find one of your own.

Getting Started with Blender (link)

Part 3: Create a Room with Blender

There are many tutorials for Blender, and some are going to be way more complicated than others. Here’s a couple of links that will get you started, but keep in mind- they move FAST. Don’t forget to pause, rewind, and ASK question when to have them.

Blender Architecture Tutorials. Use these to help you create your room. Keep it simple.

Create a Never Ending Room in Blender (subway).  This one moves quite fast, but if you pause, you should still be able to follow along. It’s a little more advanced, but the instructor does explain everything very well.

Part 4: Add some basic animation to your room. 

This tutorial shows you how to create a basic moving ball. You can certainly get more creative, but this should give you the knowledge to get moving on an animation of your own. What will it be?

Part 5: Export Your 3D Animation to for YouTube:

Part 6: Upload to the Quest STEAM Channel- and test it out! 

This is what a final Blender Animation looks like in 3D video:

When you have Google Cardboard, you’ll need to get the app:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.samples.apps.cardboarddemo&hl=en

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-cardboard/id987962261?mt=8

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Always create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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Virtual Reality Level 1: Create Your Own Google Cardboard

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Skill Level: Level 1

Badges Earned: Virtual Reality Level 1

Description: This is going to be so exciting! You get to make Google Cardboard. What is Google Cardboard? Google Cardboard is Google’s VR headset. Virtual Reality! We’re going to put all the components together to make one headset. This will take you through some basic laser cutting too (nice).

Small pre-requisite. You must go and get this badge first. You’ll have to create a simple object on the laser cutter first.

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Part 1: Cardboard Overview

At the bottom if this page, it outlines everything you’ll need to make Cardboard.

Part 2: Cutting Cardboard. 

Before you create anything, fill out a Challenge Proposal. What problem would your cardboard solve? How can you distinguish yours from others?

Now, you’ve got to go back to a PC with Corel Draw and import these files for printing on the laser cutter. Remember that these are in millimeters. Here are your files.  Download this Corel Draw file for use on an Epilog Laser Cutter. 

Part 3: Get Ready to Cut

Set the Epilog for corrugated cardboard.

Part 4: Fold it. 

This will be tricky.You may need to look at our sample. Gather your rubber band and magnets, and you’re almost ready. This video shows you how to fold it:

 

Part 5: What next? 

When you have Google Cardboard, you’ll need to get the app:

Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.google.samples.apps.cardboarddemo&hl=en

iPhone: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/google-cardboard/id987962261?mt=8

Part 6: Final part: 

Upload a demo video to the Quest Steam Channel, and talk about how you made this, and what you might use it for.

Discover some 360 degree video here

Some tips along the way: Take pictures of your final project, and get an instructor to visually check out your project, if you can. Always create a “demo video” of all of your projects. Why? They can be used as evidence of completion. One demo video can be enough evidence to receive numerous badges. Only needs to be about 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Earn Your Badges:  When you’re done, earn your badge!

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