View Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
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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.
The sample disc that comes with it is ok, and as other reviewers have stated, the content is not work buying additional discs when the learning information is easily found in other apps. The disc requires you to point the headset at the disc for a few seconds until it recognizes it and loads the content. The problem is that the software kept telling me the disc was not recognized, or I was too close, or too far, or didn't hold it steady. Once I finally got it to work it was kind of cool. It then uses AR (Augmented Reality) so you will see your table, or whatever the disc is on, and the disc, then once the disc is recognized, a little safari (I used the wildlife VM app) comes to life right out of the disc. You still see all the reality (your table, chairs, room, etc.) but you also see a 3D image coming to life. It is cool, but it needs some work. Once you click (using the orange shutter) you go full VR into the world. For me it was a safari. Whichever way I turn, I saw different animals and they each had a floating icon that you can point and to get additional Nat Geo info.
Content discs aside, the reason I gave it 4 stars is that there is no good vent for your phone. Running VR on your phone takes a lot of CPU and my phone got too hot one time and shutdown until it cooled. Since then I do not play it long enough to overheat it, but every time my phone's temp is well over 110 F when I stop using it in the headset. Also there is no way to plug in headphones, at least not on my LG G4. Some apps use stereo sound to make the VR experience more lifelike and you can not hear well through the headset, much less hear in stereo. Those are my only 2 major complaints.
All in all this is great take on an old school favorite. The amount of VR apps and 360 videos on YouTube is growing by leaps and bounds all the time so this thing will continue to be used by my son (and I) for some time.
VR actually makes me a little queasy, not sure if it's the technology or the gaps in the side of the headset. Recommend sitting down while doing this, it seems to help. Definitely a toy for me and not an environment I would be able to spend a lot of time in. Glad I bought an inexpensive headset for now, don't think the technology is there yet, which isn't surprising because smartphones were never designed for this. Will try with Google Daydream down the road and see if there's any improvement.