View-Grasp Will get a Trendy Makeover from Mattel and Google

View-Master Gets a Modern Makeover from Mattel and GoogleMattel

Youngsters of the mid-twentieth century will virtually definitely keep in mind View-Grasp, with its round slide reels and three-D views of tales and locations. It hasn’t modified a lot in seventy five years, however Mattel introduced Friday that it has a brand new View-Grasp within the works that has extra in widespread with Google Cardboard and Oculus Rift than an previous-faculty slide projector.

The brand new View-Grasp, which Mattel plans to launch this fall, will depend on a smartphone as an alternative of these round cartridges. Like Google Cardboard, you slide the telephone in a single aspect of the viewer, then look by way of the eyepieces — it exhibits a barely totally different view of the identical scene to every eye, giving a three-D impact. It’s going to additionally be capable of monitor your actions, which can allow you to navigate round digital environments or admire your environment. And, in fact, there isn’t any danger of dropping the little discs — all of the content material is saved in an app. The gadget will solely work with Android telephones at first although iOS help is deliberate — and apparently sufficient an iPhone-solely gadget very similar to this was launched by Hasbro in 2011.

The brand new View-Grasp will value $30, and 4-packs of "experiences" will set you again $15 once they’re launched in October.

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—Devin Coldewey
First revealed February thirteen 2015, eleven:forty seven AM