First Look: Mattel Virtual Reality View-Master

Back in February, Mattel announced that the View-Master would be getting a makeover. Today, we received a tip from one of our scouts that it had showed up on Target.com. A quick search through the store finder showed a few in stock here in LA, so we drove to Inglewood and found a stock clerk willing to get one out of the back for us before they found a place on the shelves.

Carly unboxed the View-Master VR as soon as we got back.

The View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack includes the headset, which is Works With Cardboard certified, and a Preview Reel modeled after the old paper reels of the View-Master 1.0. The headset is compatible with many iPhone and Android devices. We tested it with both the iPhone 6 and Note 4.

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The starter pack gives you access to three different apps: Space, Destinations and National Geogaphic: Wildlife. Once the app is opened on the phone, you can look at the Preview Reel to activate it. When you do, an augmented reality overlay shows a taste of what’s to come on top of the little white disk.

National Geographic: Wildlife took us to learn about Capybaras in the Rainforest, Kangaroos in the Outback, and Zebras in the Savannah. The Space app let us see a shuttle up close under the Milky Way. Destinations took us to Greece, London, New York, and Chichen Itza.

mattel-virtual-reality-viewmaster2Overall, it is what a Google Cardboard device is supposed to be, a great first exposure to VR. It’s a smart play by Mattel as Google just announced that they will be bringing their virtual reality Expeditions Pioneer Program to thousands of schools around the world, all for free.mattel-virtual-reality-viewmaster3

Via VRScout

 

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