Hands up if you drew countless diagrams of the human body in school science lessons but still aren’t quite sure where your pancreas is or what your kidneys actually do? Same here. Wouldn’t it be great if there was a better way to learn? If we could make biology fun and interactive, and maybe our children could see inside their own bodies?!
Enter the Curiscope Virtuali-Tee!
Dee was given a Virtuali-Tee recently and we thought it was an amazing idea. Put simply, when you view the t-shirt via the app, it uses augmented reality to show you what’s inside your body. It’s like looking in your own chest and seeing your own heart beating.
Curiscope were kind enough to send me my own so we could try them out together. Here’s what we thought…
More than just a t-shirt – the Curiscope Virtuali-Tee
The Virtuali-Tee comes in a great quality box in a sleeve that tells you what’s inside. If you’re buying these as gifts they really feel like something special rather than ‘just a t-shirt’.
Dee was really excited to open her box. Being 3 though, she temporarily lost interest when she found ‘just a t-shirt’ inside. I assured her that it was a super cool t-shirt and told her we could use it to see inside our bodies and she was back in the room!
We slipped on our matching t-shirts (I’ve always wanted us to have matching clothes and I’m mega chuffed our first matching outfit is so cool and geeky!) and fired up the app.
Dee’s face was amazing when her insides first appeared on the screen!
There are options to look at different systems in the body – respiratory, digestive, circulatory etc. and to go deeper in each section. Your in-app guide, Hans, explains what’s going on as you delve into 360° videos that take you inside blood vessels and the small intestine for a super close look at what’s inside.
Dee was more into pressing the buttons and looking around than watching the videos and listening to Hans, but as she gets older I’m sure the 360° videos will be more appealing. I have school age nieces who I know would be fascinated, and I know learning biology at secondary school would have been far more interesting with one of these.
I let Dee look at me through the app and see inside my body too. She was absorbed, tapping all the buttons and exploring my insides. She’s got a thing for Halloween so the skeletal system was particularly enthralling!
Curiscope Virtuali-Tee – inspiration for extended learning
We often look at books about the human body together and she loves learning about how her body works. I found this such a great tool to help her really visualise what she’s learned by seeing the systems at work in herself.
We’ve talked about the heart lots of times, but with the Virtuali-Tee, she could see and hear ‘her own’ heart beating in her chest. We tapped a button to look inside the heart which sparked a conversation about how many chambers the heart has and what it does.
We pointed to where our hearts were in our chests and where her teddy’s heart would be.
Then she got all her teddies from her bed and wanted to play doctors! She wanted to look inside their chests but we didn’t have a tiny teddy sized t-shirt. Instead we patched up their various ailments and talked about blood and platelets and how clever the body is to heal itself.
Dee has quite a short attention span (she’s three…) but the Virtuali-Tee kept her occupied for at least 10 minutes. With the subsequent games that were inspired by looking inside our bodies, we had a good 20 minutes of biology fun.
But it didn’t stop there! We wore our t-shirts all day, and when we went to see her Nanny, we cracked out the app again. Dee had lots of fun showing Nanny what was inside her body.
Then when Daddy got home later, he was excited to see too, so they both looked inside my chest.
I love that, because it’s an item of clothing, it’s not just a one-off activity. You can dip in and out numerous times in a day. And because it’s practical, you can just wear it as a cool t-shirt and that can lead to being inspired to open the app again and learn some more. It’s a great talking point after all!
I asked Dee a bit later on, “How cool was it looking inside our bodies earlier”, and she replied, “LOADS OF COOL!” That is high praise from my daughter!
Encourage girls to enjoy STEM subjects – make biology fun!
We know women are vastly unrepresented in STEM occupations, so anything that can ignite a love of STEM subjects from an early age gets a thumbs up from me.
If I’m feeling really poetic – the Curiscope Viruali-Tee shows children that we really are all the same at our core. Girls and boys might have a few extra bits here and there but we’re made up of the same stuff. That’s a message worth sharing too.
It really is easy to make biology fun with the Virtuali-Tee. No more diagrams of people with dubious line-drawn profiles copied from a text book. Open your own chest and explore your insides – no scalpel required!
More about the Curiscope Virtuali-Tee
The Curiscope Virtuali-Tee come in children’s sizes from 3 – 14 years and adult sizes from XS – XXL so it’s really accessible to almost anyone. It’s perfect for primary and secondary age children, but as you can see, even my little one had lots of fun with it (and will do every time she wears it I’m sure!).
The app is free and is available on iOS and Android. I downloaded it on my iPad and my Android phone to see what it was like on both (and so we could take pictures of us playing with it!) It was super fast and snappy on my phone which was great. It was a little slow to display the augmented reality on the iPad, although that is getting a bit old now, and it did work eventually. We had to cover the camera with a finger now and again when it was struggling to register the t-shirt but then it was fine again.
I also love that Curiscope is a Brighton based start up, so close to home for me. They have such a great vision and mission – to bring learning to life. If there’s one thing I’m passionate about it’s maintaining my daughter’s current love of learning so this is music to my ears.
I can only imagine where this technology will take us in future, but I’m in the front row seat now, waiting to find out.
If you’d like to get your hand on a Virtuali-Tee – enter the giveaway below! Or if you can’t wait, and would like to find out more information, you keep up to date with Curiscope via their website and social media channels:
I have received payment for this review but all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more information.
GIVEAWAY – Win a child size Virtuali-Tee from Curiscope!
The lovely folk at Curiscope have kindly offered one of my lucky readers a Virtuali-Tee in which ever child size you would like!
If you’d like to win a Virtuali-Tee for your child or a child you know, to make biology fun and inspire a love of science, enter now!
The giveaway will run from Wednesday 18th April 2018 – Tuesday 15th May 2018. Enter via the Rafflecopter widget below, and good luck.
Terms & Conditions
Curiscope Virtuali-Tee Giveaway. No Purchase Necessary. Giveaway starts Wed 18th April 2018 at 00:01 GMT and ends Tuesday 15th May 2018 at 23:59 GMT. UK entrants only. Entrants must be 18 years old or over. There will be one winner. The winner will be selected at random using the random winner generator within Rafflecopter. The prize is one Virtuali-Tee from Curiscope in a child size of the winner’s choosing. The winner will be contacted by email and their name will be displayed on the giveaway page using the Rafflecopter widget. Where possible, I will also tweet the winner and/or announce on Facebook. The winner will have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is selected. No cash alternative. The prize will be fulfilled by Curiscope and Letters to my Daughter accepts no responsibility for unfulfilled prizes. I will not share or sell your information and will use any information only for the purpose of contacting the winner. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+ are in no way associated with this giveaway. Please note that in order to qualify for the Twitter entries, a valid account that clearly identifies the holder as being a Twitter user is needed, and any entrants found to be using multiple accounts to enter will be ineligible.