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- Enter the world of virtual reality with the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
- This kid-friendly device will surround you with stunning 360-degree environments so you feel as if you are really there
- Download one of the View-Master VR apps to your smartphone
- Then slide your smartphone into the viewer, look at the Preview Reel and simply click the lever to launch yourself into 360-degree immersive experiences
- The Preview Reel included with the View-Master VR Starter Pack allows you to demo available apps so you can try all Experience Packs
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An Immersive 3D Experience!
View-Master VR that With Google Cardboard places you right in the middle of a 'photosphere'! What does that mean? It means you’re completely surrounded by a 360-degree view of the View-Master experience you’ve selected to explore! While holding the viewer to your eyes, move your head -- literally, move your head -- and you’ll find that your view changes just as if you were really standing within the scene taking a look around. No matter which way you look, you’ll find the image stretches around you, above you and behind you as if you were really there! And with a simple click of the lever, you can interact with the image and explore the virtual world around you!
An Easy-to-Use Experience
The experience is easy to enter. View-Master VR that Works With Google Cardboard is compatible with iOS and Android devices. Just download the free app for your iOS or Android device, slide your device into the viewer and you’re ready to go! Look through the viewer at the Preview Reel and digital icons appear that seem to float in the air above it -- an effect called augmented reality. Choose the experience you want by looking at the appropriate Augmented Reality icon and, with a single click of the View-Master lever, launch yourself into a virtual reality world.
Learn by Experience!
Now kids can take virtual journeys to anywhere! Travel to other countries, into outer space, beneath the sea or even through time. Immerse yourself in 360-degree interactive environments and explore these amazing virtual worlds. Click on interactive hot spots to dive deeper into the scene, uncover interesting facts or transport yourself to new sites with even more to discover!
What’s in the Box?
Includes one View-Master VR viewer, one Preview Reel, one iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s adapter and user guide. Colors and decorations may vary.
Get the Full Experience!
Expand your horizons with View-Master Experience Packs. Each Experience Pack will open the doors of your child’s imagination and take them to places they’ve only dreamed of seeing. The Starter Pack includes a Preview Reel that provides access to demos of the available View-Master Experience Packs (sold separately). Collect them all to travel the globe, explore the cosmos and enter whole new worlds of discovery and adventure -- you won’t believe what you can see!
- Compatible smartphone required (not included): Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note4, Motorola Moto X (2014), Motorola Droid Turbo, LG G4, LG G3, HTC One, Nexus 6, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 5x, iPhone 5c***, iPhone 5***, iOS 8 and above. NOTE: View-Master VR may also work with newer model Android smartphones not listed above that have screens between 5 and 6 inches. ***View-Master VR apps may not be optimized for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c.
View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
Enter the world of virtual reality with the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack. The Starter Pack includes 1 View-Master VR viewer, 1 Preview Reel, 1 adapter for iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s and a user guide.
Virtual Reality Starter Pack
Wildlife Experience Pack
Destinations Experience Pack
Space Experience Pack
The View-Master Virtual Reality viewer is your portal to immersive, virtual reality adventures that will transport you around the world and beyond. For more than 75 years, generations of kids have been introduced to the wonder of 3-D by View-Master. Now, get ready to experience a whole new level of realism with View-Master VR that Works with Google Cardboard! This innovative system will open your eyes to the world of virtual reality. Simply download one of the free View-Master apps to your compatible smartphone (not included). Then slide your smartphone into the viewer and place the Preview Reel in front of you. A 3-D augmented reality menu will appear -- digital icons that seem to float above the reel. Make your selection by looking at the one you want to visit, then click the lever to launch yourself through time and space into 360-degree views that completely surround you. Look up, look down, look around -- everywhere you turn, you’ll find something new to see! Interact with your environment by clicking the lever to pull up videos, images, fun facts and mini-games. The Preview Reel included with the Starter Pack allows you to sample View-Master VR apps, such as Space, Destinations and National Geographic: Wildlife. You can fully explore these exotic new worlds by purchasing View-Master VR Experience Packs (sold separately). Completely kid-friendly, the new View-Master provides a safe portal to stunning locations and an immersive, imaginative learning experience unlike anything you’ve seen before! The Starter Pack includes one View-Master viewer, one Preview Reel, one adapter for the iPhone 5, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s and a user guide. The Preview content within the associated apps is free; access to additional content and apps is sold separately. Colors and decorations may vary. Compatible smartphone required (not included): Samsung Galaxy S6, Samsung Galaxy S5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy Note4, Motorola Moto X (2014), Motorola Droid Turbo, LG G4, LG G3, HTC One, Nexus 6, iPhone 6s plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c***, iPhone 5***, iOS 8.1 and above. NOTE: View-Master VR may also work with newer model Android smartphones not listed above that have screens between 5 and 6 inches. ***View-Master VR apps may not be optimized for iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c.
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We have not had the viewer long so I cannot speak to how it will survive a 5 year old...but I can tell you it was wonderful to see him and hear the excitment in his voice as he explored the dinosaurs and space.
EDIT: after using it for a few weeks, the latch has become quite a bit easier to use, though I would still consider it a very poor design. My kids will probably never be able to open it by themselves, but I will at least bump it up one star now that my biggest problem with it isn't as significant anymore.
ORIGINAL REVIEW: Let me start by saying what this is NOT. This is NOT an Oculus Rift. This is NOT meant for "gaming" - even though it has games. IMHO, this is not meant for adults or older kids, even though I had fun testing it out. What this IS, is a simple educational tool for young kids that are about 5 to 8 years .. maybe 9. So based on that, here is my review:
THE GOOD: It's easy to set up and start using as long as you read the instructions. For instance, you are not going to see the 3D floating image unless you are less than 10" away from the reel. It also has an adapter for an iPhone 5 which works great. I sampled the one about space and it was amazing to look around, play games and find out fun facts. It's kind of like a kids museum with interactive displays. There are also hundreds of 3D and 3D 360 youtube videos you can watch with this ... but of course, they are not all meant for kids! so moms and dads may want to load them or create a playlist.
THE OK: The handle isn't very sensitive and you have to hold it down for a few seconds, sometimes more than once, to get it to work. It's also not fun to take off your phone case every time you want to use it but it's not a huge deal. If you use a screen protector (like me) and you don't get all of the dust off when applying it (like me) every speck will be HUGE through the viewfinder.
THE BAD: There is no way to wear earbuds with this unless they are wireless. This really irks me because all they had to do was add a little hole or half moon indent to the cover. Didn't they have anybody test the prototypes???
SUMMARY: My first impression is that its a great little learning gadget under $20, under $30 if you add a reel. I'll try to update the review once I hand it over to my nephew and get an expert opinion! ***Just a little note ... there are hacks on youtube to make this 'hands free' for under $5.