Feb 13 AT 10:42 AM Nick Sarafolean 0 Comments

Relive your childhood with Google and Mattel’s View-Master VR


Google and Mattel recently announced a partnership that left many scratching their heads. What would a classic toy company and a tech giant be doing together? Today brings us the answer in the form of the View-Master VR headset. Mattel and Google have resurrected the famous View-Master and are bringing it up to modern times by incorporating virtual reality capabilities.

The new View-Master works in the same way as Google Cardboard, requiring you to slide in a smartphone in order to experience virtual reality. The classic reels still remain, but in a different way. Using Mattel’s View-Master app, the user of the View-Master will set the reel on a flat surface and look at it, which triggers the View-Master to load up the scene enabled by that reel.

The scenes that appear are an augmented reality experience, somewhat similar to a Photosphere, yet with more depth. Users can interact with different areas of the scene to get a closer look at certain aspects or go inside buildings. Helpful bits of information and facts will appear to make the View-Master more educational, and Mattel will use animations and sound to enhance the experience.

The View-Master VR headset will be an interesting experiment. While it will likely draw in a new, younger audience that may use it for educational purposes, there are others, like myself, who will seek a bit of nostalgia in purchasing the View-Master, as the original View-Master played a large part in the childhoods of many.

The View-Master will be available this fall for a price of $29.99. Additional reels will sell in packs of four for $14.99.

Via: The Verge

Source: Mattel

A nerd at heart, Nick is an average person who has a passion for all things electronic. When not spending his time writing about the latest gadgets, Nick enjoys reading, dabbling in photography, and experimenting with anything and everything coffee. Should you wish to know more about him, you can follow him on Twitter @nsarafolean.

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