Virtual Reality Viewers: Best for Families with Young Kids
Virtual reality viewers are inexpensive, handheld devices that offer three-dimensional views and the feeling of being in a different place. The viewers' lenses work by extending the depth of static images or animation but do not allow you to interact with your environment. To use them, download any app labeled "VR" in either iTunes or Google Play, launch the app, and insert your smartphone into the viewer. Most viewers use your phone's button or another basic input to control the action.
- Compatible with most smartphones and iOS or Android apps labeled "VR" (except for the View-Master, which uses specially designed apps)
- More like a 3D movie than true VR
- Best for educational content and games
- Selection of high-quality apps is currently fairly limited. Try the New York Times' VR Virtual Reality Stories and these recommendations.