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Hasbro's new AR helmet puts you inside Iron Man's armor

Hasbro's new AR helmet puts you inside Iron Man's armor
From Engadget - February 12, 2018

Disappointingly, the AR app is not an overlay that feeds you information about the world around you, a la Tony Stark's J.A.R.V.I.S. (or F.R.I.D.A.Y. in the later films). Instead, it's a basic action game, based partially on the upcoming Infinity War movie and developed with input from Marvel Studios. The main villain is Thanos, who pops out of a portal to growl and gesticulate menacingly before sending waves and waves of generic drones to attack you. You aim by looking at the enemies, locking on to your target and raise your hand to fire.

It'd be a fairly generic shooter if it were just a phone game; the magic is unlocked when you are fully kitted out in Iron Man's helmet and gauntlet. The helmet is a standard plastic costume piece on the outside, but inside it has a slot for your device and a fully adjustable eyepiece that should accommodate most children's faces. Adults can wear the helmet too, but the eyepiece will be a bit snug. I was forced to remove my glasses when I put it on.

There are no headphones inside the helmet, which relies entirely on your handset for sound. It's fairly low-tech in general: The front of the visor does not glow in any way and in fact, you can see the phone through the eye holes. It's a bit of a let down visually, but it's a necessary evil so the phone's camera can see your surroundings. The helmet does an excellent job of blocking out light: I was completely blind when the phone was not actually on. However, the phone and goggles can also be removed from the helmet so the kids can just pretend to be Iron Man the old-fashioned way, sans game.

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