Hasbro Introduces Hero Vision Marvel Phonepowered AR Masks

first_img Tom Holland Responds to Disney-Sony Spider-Man Feud‘Game of Thrones’ Star Kit Harington Joins Marvel’s &#… Hey, kids! Do you remember how cool Iron Man was when he first appeared? With his augmented reality view with JARVIS and blasting everything with his hand, before he became the comically detached mascot of the entire MCU? That was rad. It was also ten years ago, so think about that for a bit. Anyway, if you think that’s cool Hasbro has a new toy for you.ToyFair is this weekend, but Hasbro gave us an early look at Marvel Hero Vision, a new line of augmented reality toys. Well, a new augmented reality toy, singular, because so far they’ve only announced one. It’s an Iron Man helmet with a phone holder that lets you fight the forces of Thanos invading your living room.The Iron Man Hero Vision mask is basically an ordinary Iron Man helmet with a removable sleeve for your phone, similar to Google Cardboard, Google Daydream View, or the Samsung Gear VR. You put the phone in the sleeve, put the sleeve in the mask, and then stare at the screen as your phone’s camera pipes in your surroundings with a JARVIS-like vignette around your view. You then slip on a hand blaster covered in AR tags, and the Hero Vision software tracks where it is, rendering Iron Man’s gauntlet over it.The demo Hasbro showed me involved placing three plate-sized AR tags around the room, which the software rendered into generators I needed to protect. Thanos appeared in a wormhole and said generic villain things; then robots started attacking. I locked onto the robots by looking at them, then blasted them by raising my hand into view. Turning my hand around raised an energy shield that protected me. It was pretty simple AR fare, but with the benefit of Marvel branding and colorful plastic.The demo included an Infinity Stone, a small plastic gem that has an AR tag on it and still looks a bit better than the Infinity Stones included with the Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite collector’s edition. Mounts on the Iron Man blaster glove can hold the stone, which added special bonuses to the game. It was just one stone, which implies that other Hero Vision products will feature the other five stones, but Hasbro hasn’t announced anything yet.It was a fun, simple little game that kids might like, paired with an Iron Man helmet that looks pretty good even without the clip-on AR goggles that make it incredibly obvious you have a phone in front of your face behind the eye holes. It isn’t a revolutionary new AR toy that uses Hololens tech or anything like that, but considering the Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience (its full name) will be only $49.99 when it ships this Spring, it doesn’t have to be. It’s a role-playing toy with an AR gimmick that Hasbro might build upon, and it’s a pretty interesting start.We’ll see more from Hasbro and other companies this weekend at ToyFair, including (hopefully) some closer looks at the newest Avengers: Infinity War collectibles.For more on AR sets visit our sister site PC Mag.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. Stay on targetlast_img read more

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