Google and Mattel are dragging the iconic View-Master into the modern age, after more than 70 years of children exploring far-away locations from the couch. This fall, a new generation of kids will be able to play with an Android-based, virtual reality View-Master for $29.99. Instead of being limited to film, the new View-Master will employ Google’s Cardboard virtual reality platform. View-Master promises 360-degree “photospheres” that will allow children and nostalgic adults to explore and interact with simulated environments such as Paris or Alcatraz. Mattel and Google envision this technology being used to take kids on virtual field trips to famous places and landmarks. MORE: Samsung Gear VR Review: Virtual Reality with a SmartphoneThe VR experience will feature head-mounted goggles powered by an Android smartphone, which supplies the images and audio. Through the use of stereoscopic lenses sending separate images to each eye, Mattel can deliver an immersive … [Read more...] about Google and Mattel Debut Virtual Reality View-Master
Mattel disclosed Thursday that it has cancelled its Mattel Aristotle, a Microsoft-powered smart speaker that was designed as a sort of digital nanny.In the end, the fact that the Aristotle could stand in for a normal, flesh-and-blood parent led government officials to ask Mattel to not bring the toy to market, according to a report by The Washington Post. Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and Rep. Joe Barton (R-Tex.) were concerned about the toy's effect on privacy, specifically the children in its care.For its part, Mattel told the Post that it had decided to cancel the toy in July, after its new chief technology officer had canned plans for the product "as part of an ongoing effort to deliver the best possible connected-product experience to the consumer."According to a demonstration at the Consumer Electronics Show this past January, Aristotle consisted of two components: a webcam/baby monitor, and a cylindrical speaker that chatted back and forth with kids. Evoking the … [Read more...] about Mattel cancels Cortana-powered Aristotle smart speaker for kids, citing privacy concerns
Even though it was created by Google, Cardboard phone-based virtual reality viewers have a very cool, DIY aura around them. So when Mattel—the house that Barbie and Hot Wheels built—comes in and tries to take Cardboard mainstream, surely the result feels hollow and half-hearted, right? Amazingly, no. The View-Master VR, which takes its aesthetic cues from the classic reel-viewing toys, builds upon the official Cardboard specs and manages to upgrade the average foldable viewer in nearly every respect. It’s made from sturdy plastic, holds your phone securely within, and works with all the same apps—plus the price is only a few bucks more than you’ll spend on an actual cardboard version.No doubt, the View-Master VR aims for a different audience with its look. While typical Cardboard viewers share the same DNA as a pizza box or shipping carton, the View-Master VR is glossy red, white, and black, looking precisely like a toy should. It’s a nod to the … [Read more...] about The best cheap Cardboard VR viewer is… Mattel’s View-Master?
Let’s face it: The first digital assistants for the home—Amazon Echo and Google Home—often feel like simple Internet portals with thin veneers of humanity to make them feel more warm and fuzzy. But now Mattel is trying to go beyond that with Aristotle, a personality-driven hardware assistant designed just for kids.Through a partnership with Microsoft (which will lend its Cortana digital assistance technology to the project), the $299 Aristotle straddles the line between a digital nanny for parents and a teaching companion for kids. Though it all might sound a bit hokey, the hardware’s pedigree is sound: Aristotle is the brainchild of of Mattel's nabi team, which use to be known as Fuhu, the tablet company that Mattel bought in 2016.Aristotle consists of two components: a webcam (think baby monitor) and a cylindrical speaker that chats back and forth with kids. Evoking the design of Google Home, the speaker also has colored LEDs embedded deep within. … [Read more...] about Mattel and Microsoft reveal Aristotle, a tabletop digital nanny for kids
For the last few years, you wouldn't have been too shocked to find out that parents weren't giving their daughters Barbie dolls because they were too unrealistic to look at. Mattel, the company who makes the plastic dolls, heard those complaints and decided to do something about it. Now, Barbie might just look like the rest of us - curves complexion, height, and all! Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock On Thursday Mattel announced that the now iconic doll will come with three new body types, a plethora of hairstyles, and a few new skin tones as well. This comes after criticism that in real life, Barbie would have to crawl because of her proportions.The hope is that these dolls will match the diversity of the girls who play with them. Last year Mattel introduced 23 new dolls with different skin tones, hairstyles, outfits and a flat foot, rather than the perpetually arched one meant to fit into sky-high heels.This year, the dolls will be available in the … [Read more...] about Mattel Adds Plus Sized Barbies To Their Line
SeaWorld has been facing an onslaught of issues that start with public appeal but end with a loss of sponsors - including bigger names that have pulled eateries, advertisement, and souvenirs from the shelves. Today, however, a particularly large blow comes when Mattel announced that they will no longer manufacture the SeaWorld Trainer Barbie. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock Mattel spokesman Alex Clark confirmed that the company will stop making the SeaWorld Trainer Barbie doll, along with all its SeaWorld-related merchandise. SeaWorld products could be found in additional packs that were used to supplement other Barbies."We're not making the doll anymore," Clark told NBC News. "Consumers may find it on retail shelves but we are not shipping and not producing the doll."While Mattel is trying to prove that they simply didn't renew the contract, it seems as if this move has a lot of political ties behind it: "A number of factors go into a decision like … [Read more...] about Mattel Pulls Support From SeaWorld
The very first phenomenal View Master toy was launched back in 1939, in which color film used to give images a 3D impression. Google and Mattel have incorporated their efforts to provide consumers with an updated version of View Master, particularly kids. The new device acknowledged as ‘View Master’ was launched recently for preview. According to the sources, Mattel have utilized Google’s virtual reality cardboard technology as it can hook up with a number of various smartphones. To turn it on, users can slide in their smartphone handsets as it pairs with the virtual reality app instantly. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock The cardboard technology was revealed by Google in year 2014. A simple and an economical technology which utilizes customer’s smartphone handset for a mind boggling 3D experience. The new View Master app can be downloaded on the smartphone handset by the customers, which can be further slide into the slot. In … [Read more...] about Google And Mattel Collaborate To Launch A New Virtual Reality Headset.
Mattel unveiled at the New York Toy Fair 2016 an easy-to-use 3D printer called ThingMaker. The 3D printing for kids includes the ThingMaker Design App and the ThingMaker 3D Printer. Get In Stock Alerts on Twitter for SNES Classic, Switch and More Through a previously announced collaboration with Autodesk, the Mattel ThingMaker enables kids to make their own toys. This is was an expected evolution of 3D printing. Mattel makes it a reality this Holiday season. Available fall 2016 in the U.S., consumers can purchase ThingMaker 3D Printer at an expected price of $299.99 with pre-orders beginning today, February 15, 2016 on Amazon.com.Update: The pre-order for the Mattel ThingMaker is now available on Amazon.com on this page. The shipping date is October 15.I am definitely getting the ThingMaker 3D printer for my kids as Holiday toy gift. The ThingMaker could turn out to be a hard to find Holiday 2016 toy. I recommend a pre-order to be on the safe side.Whether creating figures such … [Read more...] about Mattel ThingMaker 3D Printer Pre-Order Starts Feb. 15
Mattel introduced a 3D printer for kids at the Toy Fair 2016 and it is hands down the coolest toy unveiled this year. The $299.99 ThingMaker 3D lets kids design their own toys in an app and have it printed at home in an easy to use 3D printer. Get the Free Tracker App to find a SNES Classic in Stock There will be different plastic materials available for the printer in different colors and properties. There is even a glow in the dark material. The 3D printer materials will certainly be a cost factor. Mattel has not revealed the pricing yet for these rolls of Filament. 3D Filament for current 3D printers run for about $20 for 1kg of material.The filament cost is though not the big problem of the ThingMaker 3D. It is time. The time it takes the ThingMaker to make things. In a hands-on video by Family Gamer TV, the ThingMaker 3D app shows a 10 hour production time for a toy figure that is comparable in complexity to a Lego Bionicle toy.This means when kids design their toy, they … [Read more...] about The Biggest Drawback Of Mattel ThingMaker 3D Printer
Black Friday 2014 Sales events are underway since Friday with the Amazon Black Friday 2014 Deals Week and the Walmart Black Friday Pre Sale. The Amazon Black Friday deals week is a great opportunity to save on the Amazon Kindle ebook reader deals.Amazon just released a new sale in the Amazon Black Friday 2014 Deals Week. Today only you can save up to 50% on select toys and games from Mattel and Fisher-Price, including Barbie, Monster High, Hot Wheels, BOOMco, and more.Deal highlights in this new Amazon toy sale include $12.45 Monster High Casta Fierce Doll $14.99 Imaginext DC Super Friends: Batmobile $109.99 Barbie Dream House Shop this Amazon Toy Sale Now.Shop all Amazon Black Friday Deals.See the Latest Black Friday 2014 News.The exclusive Top 100 Black Friday 2014 Deals List is here. Cut the time to find the best Black Friday 2014 deals and take a look at the best 100 Black Friday deals you can buy in Black Friday 2014 Sales.The Amazon Black Friday 2014 Deals … [Read more...] about Big Amazon Black Friday Sale On Mattel And Fisher-Price Toys Released