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Both virtual reality and augmented reality have been gaining attention with the growing popularity of powerful smart phones. And, as the technology inside these devices becomes better and smaller, it seems only a matter of time before someone invents cool-enough looking VR/AR glasses or goggles.

In the meantime however, the folks over at Recombu.com have demonstrated how to make your own goggles using an HTC Magic smart phone, Google Street View, and pair of plastic safety goggles.

By cutting out a tight-fitting cardboard box, attaching it snugly to the goggles on one end and to the smart phone at the other, the user can be immersed in a scene of, say Paris. What makes the experience immersive is that the smart phone’s compass and accelerometer senses when the user moves her head, allowing the virtual street view to move along with her.

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