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McDonalds Sweden is making Happy Meal Virtual Reality Goggles

25343010026_26434565af_zEarlier this week we discussed Virtual and Augmented Reality on Episode 10 of the podcast. I really feel that these technologies are going to get a lot of attention in the near future, there has been talk of virtual reality for a long time, but the hardware and software has developed to the point where a great experience can be achieved. So I can’t say that I was totally surprised to see that McDonald’s is getting into the game.

This last Monday, McDonald’s Sweden announced that they would be doing a special two weekend event in which the popular Happy Meal boxes would convert into virtual reality viewers. The concept is not new, in fact it is very similar to the Google cardboard viewer that I own. They are also releasing a special 3D virtual reality skiing game called “se upp i backen” (in English that means watch out on the slopes) to go with the device.

The product does need a smart phone, but that is the great thing about this entry-level option, there is a good chance you already have a smart phone which can take care of the needed computing power, you just need a device to format it in an immersive experience.

From the press release:

To celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Happy Meal in Sweden, McDonald’s Sweden has developed Happy Goggles. By re-folding the Happy Meal box, customers can create a pair of Virtual-Reality glasses which makes it possible to experience Virtual Reality with a smart phone.

McDonald’s continually tests new ideas and, with Happy Goggles, Virtual Reality (VR) becomes available to everyone. Happy Goggles are a test designed to modernize the Happy Meal and provide a digital experience in addition to the physical toys usually found in the box.

On the Happy Goggles website they also say that they are only being tested in Sweden now but plan to roll them out to other countries soon. You can watch the video explaining the project below:

I just read an article Dave sent me today that says two-thirds of consumers don’t realize this technology exists. I think with projects like this that will change very quickly. Have you tried Virtual Reality? Let us know in the comments below or on Facebook or Twitter.

How many iOS apps is too many?

I have an app hoarding problem, there I said it. I download a lot of apps, I mean a lot. I have slowed down recently after a self intervention, but as you can see in the image, I currently have 447 apps on my phone. We will ignore my 2,420 photos at this point (I did slim it down to 2187 before writing this post).

How many apps do you have on your phone? You can take a look by going to settings-general-about.

So why do I have so many apps? Well I like my iPhone and like to see what can be done with it. I often peruse the free apps section in the App Store, and download a lot of stuff from AppsGoneFree. I will admit, I probably haven’t opened all of them either.

What kind of apps do I have? Well, my rough guess that would be that about half are games, which I couldn’t tell you how many hours days months I have spent playing. I have probably 60 photo apps, even though 99% of the time I just use the built in app. I also have video apps, productivity apps, Taylor Swift apps, moustache apps, you name it, it’s probably there.

How do I keep track of all of these? Well, having my phone jailbroken allows me to have folders with as many apps as I want so I keep it pretty organized. I have folders for all major functions and throw everything in there that is related. In iOS you can only have 11 pages of apps, but with folders you can fit a lot in, but I think 11 pages is pretty tough to navigate through.

But with a new iPhone coming on Friday, I am tempted to just start fresh and only install apps that I actually use. According to iTunes, I have had 773 apps over the last 5 years so it is not like I don’t delete anything off my phone and I could probably do a little cleaning in iTunes too.

One reason I want to trim down is the fact that when I get my iPhone on Friday I want to use it as soon as possible, not waiting for 447 apps to install.

I will keep you updated on my progress, but for now I am going to at least start cleaning up my iPhone and getting rid of apps I don’t even remember downloading.

Note: If you want to delete some apps, even ones you have paid for, you can always re-download them via App Store-Updates Tab-Purchased-Not on this phone.


Disclaimer: This was originally posted on layPhone.com and was migrated to this site when Nate and David started Notnerd.com.