VR Headset Skykids Might Just Be The New Age Coloring Book For Kids On Long Trips
French-American company SkyLights uses VR gear and Fox films to entertain kids on long trips
It wasn’t too long ago that kids were entertained with simpler things like coloring books and a game of I spy but in today’s world filled with smartphones, Netflix, and virtual reality, parents are always looking for the latest thing to help keep their kids occupied for extended periods of time - especially when traveling.
Yesterday, French-American company SkyLights announced its latest VR product, Skykids, which is designed to entertain 6- to 12-year-old kids on long flights. Skyvids' “wearable cinema” Bravo Theatre allows kids to watch various 2D, 3D, and forward-facing 360-degree films without ever getting out of their seats. Along with a pair of headphones and a kid-friendly video catalog by 20th Century Fox, kids can spend hours entertained while parents sit back and get some rest.
Research has shown that children under 12 typically get bored less than an hour into flights and that kids who refuse to behave paired with inattentive parents are the top two most annoying passengers to ride with. The Skykids VR headset has been in testing since July 1 when French airline XL Airways started using it on all its planes. SkyLights says that there weren’t enough headsets to meet flyers’ demands on “just about every flight,” and that the airline described customer feedback as “nothing but positive.”
It’s crazy to see how successful this VR experience has been so far and we're eager to see when it will make its way over to the states. Let us know what you think about SkyLights’ Skykids VR headset in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more VR news and other entertaining reads.