DIY Augmented Reality Tool

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turn the Phone to Glass of your Smart device


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What is Carton?

Besides a pun with the lovely Cardboard from Google, Carton is a Do-It-Yourself smart glasses (also called Optical Head Mounted Display, but it’s less sexy) using a mobile phone and simple materials like cardboard.

Carton has been subject of a scientific publication for the MoMM'16 Conference that you could find on ACM Digital Library and in an open access research publication repository.

Why this project?

Smart glasses are still expensive and hard to get, this project intends to fix theses issues. By allowing everyone to create some prototype, try new experiments and researches with, Carton aims to improve innovation and creativity by openly providing a simple way to access theses technologies.

Try it! How to get one?

Until someone sells a kit or even a fully created Carton, for now the easiest way to get one is to build it by yourself. It’s quick, affordable and easy. Just print the template and follow the construction guide on instructable or watch this Youtube video. Everything is explained from the list of material and tools, to the template and each step.
Also, to easily try it, an official demonstration app is available on the Google Play Store.
Get it on Google Play


Carton for Android SDK enable you to easily create or adapts existing apps for Carton with auto-adapting screen and gesture recognition. It is also packed with the official demo app that you can explore for the sake of learning. It is fully compatible with augmented reality technologies (Vuforia, etc.).


It’s an open-source, open-hardware, open-everything, open-blablabla project, everyone is welcome and encouraged to contribute on GitHub or feel free to send an email: dbrun at licef dot ca

Furthermore, this project is partially funded by governmental institution Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada and private companies 44 screens and l'île imagin'air.

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It is also supported by academic laboratories LICEF, LIUM and universities TELUQ, Université du Maine.

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