This might be a strange question, but I am wondering if I could use Google Cardboard to replace my monitor.

For this I'd like to connect an Ubuntu-Desktop with an Android Smartphone through Bluetooth (or alternatively USB).

Does anybody know how I could accomplish that?

  • Mabey something along the lines of using VNC on the phone to link to the Ubuntu box, but it would just be VNC attached to your head. not a poor mans-VR. Mar 9, 2015 at 23:59
  • Thanks Scott, but VNC, may be too much. I just want to get the desktop displayed on the smartphone. Mouse and keyboard shall still be directly connected to the Desktop.
    – lyric123
    Mar 10, 2015 at 0:26
  • You could still use those. Mar 10, 2015 at 1:34
  • Okay, thanks, so I will start to try that out. So askubuntu.com/questions/28608/… might describe a solution?
    – lyric123
    Mar 10, 2015 at 16:01
  • I've never tried to use VNC as a second display, simply a mirror of the first,headless one. Mar 11, 2015 at 1:47

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I've made a VNC app for Google Cardboard that you could try. It comes in a free version with ads and a paid version, but if you're up for it you could build it yourself since it's open source.

To get the most out of it I recommend using a lower resolution (or large fonts) on your VNC server. I prefer using a wireless keyboard/mouse connected to the server, but you can also control the pointer with the headset/trigger and use a bluetooth keyboard.

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    – Jack Bauer
    Apr 16, 2018 at 5:49

Trinus Gyre seems to work if you have wine and .NET 40 installed. A bit of lag though, hard to play games with. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.loxai.trinus.test&hl=en

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