The new View-Master officially turns Google Cardboard into a toy

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Mattel announced an update to its iconic View-Master handheld 3D-viewer toy in New York on Friday. The new View-Master was developed in conjunction with Google and its Cardboard project, and it turns the retro slide-viewer into a modern virtual reality headset.

Basically, the new View-Master is a plastic toy version of the Google Cardboard headset first revealed last June. Instead of inserting disks of stereoscopic images, as the original View-Master requires, you simply slip a supported smartphone into the headset, which will provide the gyroscopes, processor, and screen needed for immersive VR.

Besides the fact that it’s made from plastic (although there are some third-party Cardboard headsets not made from cardboard) there’s going to be one major difference between Cardboard and the new View-Master: The main action button will be moved from the left-hand side to the right side of the headset, and has been turned into a “capacitive…

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