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Viewmaster reborn as VR

Posted February 6, 2016 into Awesome by John Birmingham

I used to love these things as a kid and find myself unable to resist the lure of an undoubtedly craptacular reboot as a cheap child-friendly Virtual Reality toy. A young lad of my aquaintance is not far off a birthday and I suspect he'll be getting one, even though he'll probably respond with, "What the hell is this piece of crap? Where's my CoD5 disk?"

"That crap is my history, son. And you'll enjoy it or you'll get the back o' me hand."

Apple has just started offering these things in its online store, which is why there's suddenly a rash of stories about them, but Amazon has the last, somewhat dinkier model for half the price. I'm going with dink.

12 Responses to ‘Viewmaster reborn as VR’

Murphy_of_Missouri ducks in to say...

Posted February 7, 2016
Hmm. If it had some shots of ancient ruins across the world I might find it worth my time to buy one and pass it around to my students. Much to their everlasting aggravation.

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pedrogb has opinions thus...

Posted February 7, 2016
Sadly, I remember the viewmaster. A couple of siblings had different versions, and the second version had the sound discs attached. Those were the days. Can't remember what was on them.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 7, 2016
3-D photos of Yosemite.

Barnesm swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 8, 2016

I had a Star Trek one disk with mine

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan ducks in to say...

Posted February 8, 2016
I hated kids like you. My Viewmaster displayed Native Americans
pointing at geological formations. Or at trees. Or at each other. Undoubtedly the disks my parents bought me cost less
than the disks depicting Captain Kirk and Mr. Spock shooting phasers at the Horta in Devil in the Dark.

GhostSwirv swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 8, 2016
A much maligned and misunderstood subterranean race the Horta ... but I'm sure if the native Americans saw them through a view master they'd shoot phasers at them as well.

insomniac asserts...

Posted February 8, 2016
Some of us never even had their own ViewMaster.

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan puts forth...

Posted February 9, 2016
Consider yourself lucky. To this day I have an irrational loathing when I see photos of Native Americans pointing at geological formations or trees, and I shall never experience the majesty and natural beauty of the Grand Canyon or Sequoia National Park.

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Bondiboy66 is gonna tell you...

Posted February 9, 2016
Didn't have one myself - but a friend had one with the usual landscape/national parks etc.. He didn't have the Star Trek disk either - he had the ones with UFO (the old Gerry Anderson show) complete with great machines, explosions, and space chicks with purple hair!

Paul_Nicholas_Boylan mumbles...

Posted February 9, 2016
Purple hair and silver cat suits.

That future never arrived.

Bondiboy66 swirls their brandy and claims...

Posted February 10, 2016
We are poorer for that I'm afraid...

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Invested Ivana asserts...

Posted February 9, 2016
Oh, man. I remember these. I loved them!

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