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 the Executive Editor at CNTRL MEDIA, LLC. She is also a freelance content creator and curator whose work has appeared in publications like Forbes, Fortune, Automobile, Motor Trend, Money Magazine and on CNN. Her passion is telling unique stories using a variety of media and taking the visitor places that they have never been–whether it’s into the cockpit of a rare supercar, inside an exclusive home or hotel, or behind the scenes of a fashionable event. She is also a Yoga Alliance Registered 200-hour yoga teacher. She teaches at a number of public, private, and corporate venues, around Los Angeles, CA.

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