Last month we looked at how virtual reality could transform children’s play. Now Samsung believe virtual reality could be ‘the future of children’s bedtime’.
Samsung have created an app called Bedtime Virtual Reality Stories, which ‘combines the latest innovations in virtual reality with the power and importance of traditional story telling’.
Samsung aren’t suggesting that parents switch to virtual reality when they are at home with their children. They believe it is for parents who can’t be at home whether due to living somewhere else or working away. ‘Parents will be able to tell their children a bedtime story like no other with both parent and child transported to far flung worlds and galaxies, interacting with dinosaurs, Artic animals and robots.’ However far apart they are parents will be able to share a bedtime story with their child using VR technology to connect them in the same virtual world. The child will even hear their parent reciting the story and be able to interact with their parent as though they are in the same room.
The device uses the companies Gear VR headset and is currently being tested with UK families. Samsung has already published one story to show how the storytelling will work.
Some downsides of the app are that the parents need to have a Gear VR headset with them in order for the device to work. The child needs to use a Google Cardboard headset and there is a growing debate about whether children should use VR headsets at all. In 2014 a Samsung executive said that the Gear VR ‘is not recommended for use by children’. However this does not specifically apply to the Google Cardboard headset but some parents may have concerns.
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