Google and Mattel Relaunch View-Master as Virtual Reality Headset
Ashley Allen / 4 years ago
The View-Master, the stereoscope viewer that was a fixture in most late-20th Century toxboxes, has been updated by Mattel and Google to become a virtual reality headset.
Looking more like the Oculus Rift than the classic model, the new View-Master replaces the old cardboard reels with a smartphone, which slides into the plastic housing and presents 360o views and vistas.
The new plastic reels, containing visual content, instead of being inserted into the View-Master are held in front of it, and an augmented reality interface allows the user to choose which images to view. Content can also be downloaded directly to a smartphone.
Since the project is based around Google Cardboard, the new View-Master headset can double up as a general purpose VR headset.
The new View-Master will be launched in the Autumn, priced at around $30.