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View-Mas­ter has been around since 1939, and although there's def­i­nitely an ar­gu­ment to be made that this is sim­ply "3D" as op­posed to "vir­tual re­al­ity", the us­age of stereo­scopic im­ages that al­lowed this func­tion­al­ity is still how mod­ern VR imag­ing works to­day – al­beit with ad­vanced dig­i­tal ren­der­ing tech­niques as op­posed to flat pieces of Ko­dachrome.

THE HYPE: Believe it or not View-Mas­ter has a cur­rent prod­uct, but in­stead of slot­ting in cir­cu­lar discs of film, you slot in your phone, and in­stead of view­ing what was os­ten­si­bly a 3D post­card, you view an ed­u­ca­tional app from the likes of Dis­cov­ery or Na­tional Geo­graphic, in a vir­tual re­al­ity en­vi­ron­ment.

THE GRIPE: If you want the older, click­ier model, you’ll need to do some eBay trawl­ing. There are a few gems to found, but you’ll be pay­ing much more than this for them.

PRICE $30 DIS­TRIB­U­TOR View­Mas­ter www.view-mas­

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