Google quietly threw a stone into the VR market last year in the guise of a cute little View-Master toy! Don’t be fooled — this is a Cardboard device in View-Master clothing. It is also worth springing for at least one of the “reels” at another $15 dollars, because they introduce an interesting feature that actually throws a tiny bit of augmented reality into the experience. Here are two videos to give you a sense of what you will be getting, and remember that this device can play all Google Cardboard apps as well.
Here is a video that shows the gist of how the navigation works.
This video is a similar tour of the content and navigation as above, but this time it is in YouTube’s interactive 360° format, so you can use the arrows or just press and hold on the video to explore the experience.
View-Master introduces kids to VR with space and wild animals (Mona Lalwani, Engadget)
Mattel and Google teamed up to make VR kid friendly, and they got pretty darn close (Harrison Weber, Venturebeat)
Note: Mattel recently released an upgraded version called the View-Master Deluxe Viewer.
This is the VR headset you can gift everyone this holiday season (Mashable)
The VR View-Master 2.0 Will Be the Best Google Cardboard You Can Buy (Andrew Liszewski, Gizmodo Toyland)