Gift Guide 2016: Holiday Grab Bag
View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack
One of the more interesting smartphone-powered VR headsets is the one from View-Master. Nostalgia meets the future in this simple but fun accessory. This affordable system is more sturdy than similar cardboard phone holders, and comes with its own native app (though it will work with any VR app, too). The kit also includes old-school-looking white circular reels. But instead of putting the reel into the headset, the app recognizes the reel, and icons seem to float above the little film squares. From there you are launched into a 360-degree photo experience instead. Additional packs of reels are sold with themes like space, wildlife, and underwater. Perfect for either a cutting-edge kid or an adult who remembers hours of happy times looking at bicameral dinosaurs. Works with iOS and Android phones in a range of standard sizes.