“Nearly real things”: What do kids think of Virtual Reality?

Virtual Reality is back in the news. Facebook surprised the world back in March by paying $2bn to acquire leading VR firm and 3D goggle-maker Oculus Rift. Since then, the hysteria, cynicism and speculation subsided. However, in the past few days, Oculus Rift has reappeared in the headlines. First it was announced, on 30 April, that the headset would be sold to consumers next year (the current version is developer only). Then, on 1 April, the Wall Street Journal broke the news that Oculus now faced a legal challenge from a former colleague over rights to its technology. But what do kids think of Virtual Reality? Continue reading

What did kids get for Christmas? Clothes, tablets, and lots of money

In SuperAwesome’s Christmas Present Survey, run during the first week of January, money (of pretty high value) was the most common gift for kids, while those unwrapping tablets or eReaders on Christmas Day outnumbered their friends getting Smartphones.

 

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Cash

  • 60% of the children we asked (ranging from 8-16) received money as a present this Christmas
  • It appears that the age of the crumpled five-pound note from granddad appears to be over: 29% of those who got cash presents were given more than £100
  • Only 20%, in contrast, got less than £20

Clothes

  • The next most common gift after money was clothes
  • Over half the kids we asked (56%) got new clothes for Christmas this year, coming in ahead of ‘declining’ products whose hold remains strong: books (45%) and DVDs (37%)

Electronic devices

  • Constant chatter about the imminent reign of tablets seems to be somewhat justified
  • 18% of the kids we asked were given a tablet or eReader for Christmas, 5% more than received Smartphones (14%)
  • These devices also seem to have had the most impact
  • When asked which category their favourite present was in, the ‘tablets and eReader’ category came first, with 10% of all kids (48% of all those who got them) naming these as their favourite presents

We asked kids to tell us what exactly their favourite present was and were met with a sea of electronic gadgets, from Xbox Ones to Hudls (see below). Squint hard and you might just be able to make out an ordinary toy.

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