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Google and toymaker Mattel are taking the classic View-Master toy to its logical evolution by relaunching it as a virtual reality headset for kids. Instead of holding cardboard disks, the new View-Master holds a smartphone and has a pair of lenses built-in.
A few years ago we saw a View-Master that was upgraded with digital picture frame displays. Alec Smecher took the classic toy to the next logical progression. He bought a very old model of the View-Master and installed a pair of 0.9″ 96 x 64 OLED displays, a Raspberry Pi and a laptop CD-ROM drive on it.
I remember the old View-Master viewer and reels from when I was a kid. Most people have probably used a View-Master 3D viewer at some point in their childhood. The images were fun. But what if you want to make your own custom picture reels?
It seems like everyone wants 3D today, unless it’s in their living room with a TV or something. Consumers are staying away from 3D in the home in droves, but 3D films are constantly hitting theaters and are still popular.
For those too young to remember, a View-Master is a device that shows pictures in stereoscopic 3D. The effect is achieved by placing a pair of film slides for each eye to see, to give the illusion of depth.