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Get retro with Mattel's View-Master VRThe classic View-Master reinvents itself for the age of virtual reality with these low-cost goggles.
If you like your virtual reality with a touch of nostalgia on the side, then Mattel View-Master might be just what you've been looking for. Taking it's design cues from the stereoscopic viewers that arrived way back in the 1930s. The View-Master is essentially either a well made version of Google Cardboard Or down market gear VR depending on which way you look at it. It's essentially a plastic case and needs your phone to work, but the good news is that it accommodates a broad range of phones such as the 5.7 inch Nexus 6p. The old school V master reels have made a come back as well, although you don't slot them in, you just aim the view master at them and the app recognizes what you're looking at The actual VR experience is pretty similar to other Google, cardboard style virtual reality infotainment apps. And of course it also works just fine with the actual cardboard app. But the design of the Viewmaster means you can't wear headphones with it, so you are limited to the sound coming out of your phone. Unfavorable comparisons to give you are likely, not only because of the headphone issue and the fact that there's no dial. See, you can't change the focal distance of the lenses, and that's not quite fair as the View Master costs just $30 in the US or $50 Australian dollars, which is a third of the price of the [UNKNOWN]. The Mattel View Master is definitely aimed at the educational toy market and it's a fun, functional [UNKNOWN] viewer that you shouldn't be afraid to let the kids play with.