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  1. ShadowB

    ShadowB

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    Is it at all possible to find a way to connect the LCD screen from an Iphone/Android to a PC via HDMI using connectors etc?
     
  2. Gryd3

    Gryd3

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    Yes, no, maybe...
    You can find various and specialized 'LCD driver boards' that will run generic LCD screens, or specific screens from apple, samsung, sony, etc.
    Step 1 is to identify the LCD. (Model and Manufacturer, or the signalling type)
    Step 2 is to google search for an "LCD driver board", or "HDMI to (Insert signal type here)"
    Step 3 is to plug them in.

    I've seen lots of MIPI DSI boards and projects kicking around. If you are lucky, you have something that can be used as a standard device... otherwise it may be time to google around to buy a small LCD with an included driver board.
    (They are readily available from many sources)
     
  3. Ian

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    Instead of trying to drive the screen separately, you may find it easier to use some of the existing tools to turn a phone in to a VR headset:

    https://www.trinusvirtualreality.com/

    There are cheap headsets that clip around phones to turn them in to budget VR devices, many of them are based around "Google Cardboard":

    https://vr.google.com/cardboard/

    May be worth giving those a try if you haven't already, as the cost is minimal and it's good fun. At the very least, you'll have an idea of the complexities of creating your own headset.
     
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