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Google and Mattel to give View-Master a virtual reality upgrade
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Google and Mattel to give View-Master a virtual reality upgrade

The basic View-Master you seemingly liked as a child is getting a reboot, thanks to Google and Mattel.

The companies announced that the View-Master will re-emerge as a virtual reality headset.

How will it work? Based mostly on Google Cardboard — the DIY viewfinder that permits customers to expertise virtual reality — the View-Master will likely be a “body that matches round a smartphone,” in accordance to this Forbes story. Utilizing an accompanying app, you’ll be able to peer by way of the headset to your smartphone’s display to see 3D photographs displayed onto your environment, or different 3D scenes. Mattel reviews that the “virtual area journeys” will embrace well-known locations, nature and different “imaginative and interactive studying” environments.

“The View-Master was first launched on the 1939 World’s Honest in New York, giving shoppers entry to spectacular 3D worlds by merely choosing a reel and trying by way of a gadget,” mentioned Doug Wadleigh, SVP and world model GM for Toy Field at Mattel, in a firm assertion. “By working with Google’s Cardboard platform, we are actually ready to take that have even additional bringing the invention and immersive viewing expertise of the View-Master to the digital age.”

The View-Master app will likely be accessible on each iOS and Android. The brand new and improved gadget is scheduled to hit shops this fall and will price about $30. Extra reel packs will likely be offered for $14.99, with updates accessible each as downloads and the basic cardboard discs.

Can’t wait to see individuals strolling round, peering at their smartphones by way of these geeky viewfinders. Simply watch out crossing the road.

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