Become Iron Man With Hasbro’s New Hero Vision AR Helmet
The future of toys is here!
When Iron Man came out as the first character of the Marvel Cinematic Universe back in 2008, admittingly, I think we all wanted to wear the red and gold titanium suit fighting off crime one repulsor blast at a time. What was even cooler was the helmet Tony Stark wore powered by J.A.R.V.I.S (Just A Rather Intelligent System), an artificial intelligence operating system that managed almost everything in Stark’s life from the suit itself to daily tasks by projecting blue holograms in its interface.
Almost 10 years after that initial film, we are now entering a new era in which some of the same concepts in Iron Man’s hologram projected AI system is being showcased in the new augmented reality technology that is becoming very popular. The toy company Hasbro has recently announced its new Marvel Avengers: Infinity War Hero Vision Iron Man AR Experience. Kids are basically wearing a VR headset on their faces with a phone strapped in, but instead of being totally immersed in the virtual reality world, there is an app that takes advantage of the phone’s camera and creates an AR overlay of enemies around players.
The Iron Man likeness includes a mask, gauntlet (the handpiece), and enemy indicators. Players can create their own levels by placing AR markers around the room and shooting at enemies by raising their hand by pointing it at whatever they want to destroy. The Android / iOS app looks for these markers and uses them as a location of where the enemy is at. The goal is to take down all foes and, ultimately, Thanos.
The AR system has been announced ahead of the Toy Fair coming up this weekend in New York and can be expected to release this spring for $49.99. Although Hasbro says it doesn’t plan to sell additional levels, users can buy physical infinity stones to change their powers.