All of us mums have wished to be transported to another reality at one point or another – maybe you’ve fantasized about being an international woman of mystery, or going back in time to walk with dinosaurs. Or maybe you just prefer something simple, like leaving the hectic reality of the school run to take a family cruise! Well, virtual reality’s finally here, and it promises to give us all access to whatever type of escape we prefer. So how realistic is it? We decided to take a look at the “Virtual Reality Headset” to see just how far the technology’s come along. This is a toy that can be used by little ones as well as adults – the content depends on what type of video or game you pop into the viewer.
How does it work?
The Immerse Virtual Reality Headset, available at gifts.co.uk, works with your smartphone. There’s a compartment where your phone fits, and then you close this up, strap the device on your head, and adjust lenses as needed to get the best fit. There’s a wide range of 3D apps on the market that you can download ahead of time depending on what type of experience you want, whether it’s swimming underwater or watching fireworks. You can also download games or films. To get started, you can search for free content on the Google Play Store or App Store. There are also 3D videos available on YouTube. The phone’s sensors work with the viewer’s lenses to give you a fully immersive experience, putting you right in the action.
The viewer is compatible with the majority of Smartphones, including both Android and iPhone devices. It’s wireless, with a full 360 degree head tracking range so you can walk around or spin in circles and be a part of the virtual reality environment. The headset is designed to offer ultra-wide field vision, and we found it comfortable to wear with adjustable straps and foam to pad the face.
Who can use it?
Kids will love this toy, and it seems suitable for a range of ages. Smaller children can watch nature videos come to life, while teenagers can enter their favourite video games. And for mums who wish they had more time to get out to the cinema, it’s a unique way to enjoy a 3D film experience right at home.
The family’s verdict
At the moment the headset’s as good as the apps that you’re able to download, so it’s really up to you how you use it. As a device, it offers a lot of possibility both for gamers and your average family. The lenses are adjustable and the headset’s comfortable to wear.
All images from www.gifts.co.uk