Google and Mattel Team up on a new View-Master

If you are a child of the 80s then you remember the old Mattel View-Master that we all played with as kids. You know the ones–cardboard discs you slipped into the slot, then held the red plastic case up to your eyes and spun the disc?

Well–the scientific device that was created in 1939 and became a child’s toy in the late 60s, is getting a modern update with Google and Mattel teaming up on it. (Learn more about the origination of the View-Master as a scientific device over at Wikipedia)

According to a piece over at PSFK the old discs are getting an upgrade to Android devices that allow kids to access all kinds of educational content in a VR format. The device is built on the back of Google’s Cardboard Virtual Reality and will cost $29.99. It will be stocked with three experience reels and according to USA Today, the additional reels will cost $14.99. It will be available this coming Fall.

HT to PSFK for the cool lead.

Via Mattel
Via Mattel

 

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Abigail Bassett

Abigail Bassett is a full-time freelance journalist, content creator, and television, video, and podcast host whose work has appeared in publications like TechCrunch, Fast Company, Inc. Magazine, Forbes, Fortune, Motor Trend, Shondaland, Money Magazine, and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories that change the way we see, interact with, and relate to the world. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 500-hour yoga teacher.

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