Make biology fun with the Curiscope Virtuali-Tee – review + GIVEAWAY

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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…

Alice and Dee side by side wearing matching Virtuali-Tee shirts. Dee is holding up a small blue bear. (Make biology fun with Curiscope Virtuali-Tee - Letters to my Daughter)

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!

Image of iPad screen showing selfie of little blonde girl with a shocked face looking at her rib cage which has appeared virtually on the screen (Make biology fun with Curiscope Virtuali-Tee - Letters to my Daughter)

So shocked, her eyebrows have disappeared under her fringe!

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.

Virtual reality view of inside a blood vessel with red blood cells floating past (Make biology fun with Curiscope Virtuali-Tee - Letters to my Daughter)

Move your phone / tablet around to explore inside the blood vessels

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.

Alice sits with the augmented reality app showing her rib cage and lungs, with labels identifying skeletal system, respiratory system and circulatory system. Dee is wearing one mitten in front of Alice's face while Alice pulls a funny face. (Make biology fun with Curiscope Virtuali-Tee - Letters to my Daughter)

Her mitten was a crocodile that was going to eat me…obviously

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.

Dee is wearing the viruali-tee, a blue t-shirt with a rib cage shape made up of white squares. She is holding up a book called 'my amazing body' (Make biology fun with Curiscope Virtuali-Tee - Letters to my Daughter)

Despite her face here – she does love this book and learning about the body!

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.

Arm holds out iPad on selfie mode showing image of Dee and her augmented reality insides. (Make biology fun with Curiscope Virtuali-Tee - Letters to my Daughter)

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:




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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.

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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.

Make biology fun with the Curiscope Virtuali-Tee - review + GIVEAWAY - Letters to my Daughter: Looking for fun and interesting ways to inspire a love of science / human biology in your child? Check out the Curiscope Virtuali-Tee! It's a t-shirt that lets you look inside and explore your body in virtual reality!

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58 Comments on “Make biology fun with the Curiscope Virtuali-Tee – review + GIVEAWAY”

  1. I would love to win one of these t shirts. My two daughters want to be scientists when they leave school so they already have a big interest in this. It would be fascinating to see how the body works. Think I would be just as excited as the kids

  2. Awesome! Def one to add to the Christmas/birthday list for my little boy. He would adore something like that, hes really into science/biology etc…..much smarter than me, but this way we will both be learning!

  3. Omg that is just awesome! I honestly love this. I bet Dee was in heaven. I could so use one of these in my class; the’; hcildren would fight over the tshirt but what learning! Cool. #blogcrush

  4. What a clever idea – I can’t quite work out how people can be that clever. Imagine if it showed you that you were pregnant! It’s great that learning can be made so fun nowadays and potentially boring topics (for some) can be brought to life. 😀 #blogcrush

  5. This is absolutely brilliant! Looking at pictures in a book is one thing, but seeing your own body come to life in such a fun way must be so stimulating for little ones! I’m sure she won’t be forgetting this any time soon!

  6. I would love to win for my eldest grandchild, she was so enthralled after visiting Eureka I am sure she would love it!

  7. What an amazing way to learn about human biology. I was never that interested in looking at pictures in books whilst someone told me what I was looking at. This would have made it so much more interesting!

  8. That looks like great fun. I think my littles would love that. I could probably use a brush up on my biology too. It has been a while since I was at school and now the littles keep asking me questions that get me running to the oracle that is google! #blogcrush

  9. What a brilliant idea! I would love to win one for my sons as I think it would be really educational and cool

  10. This is such a cool idea! My eldest daughter is fascinated by the human body and wants to be a doctor when she grows up (probably because she’s spent so much time around doctors and had so many scans and images taken!). She would love this! #blogcrush

  11. This looks fantastic! And I think this could be really helpful in making our Penguin grasp these aspects of human biology. Brilliant! xx #BlogCrush

  12. I’m all for making learning fun. I’m sure that more is learnt from having fun than studying a text book and stuck at a desk. #BlogCrush

  13. My son is incredibly keen to be a scientist when he grows up and he’s just so excited by anything associated with science. He would love this, and I love his desire to learn. Anything I can do to feed that, I do and this would be so good for him.

  14. My grandson loves science and particularly the body so this would be a perfect birthday present for his upcoming 8th birthday next month

  15. Oh wow this is so cool! I’ve never seen one of these before and my daughter is at an age where she is fascinated by the human body so would absolutely love this – fab giveaway! Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this x

  16. Would love to win for my son he’s really into science and learning about the body at the moment x

  17. What an incredible idea! My seven year old is obsessed with science and wants to be a surgeon when he’s older. I can’t imagine a more perfect top for him to wear 🙂 Thanks for a fab competition.

  18. My 7 year old loves science especially facts about the human body, it was her birthday a few days ago this would be a lovely belated birthday present that is fun, stylish and educational!

  19. My son enjoys science at school and this week has his SATS exams so this t-shirt would be a lovely treat for all the hard work he has put in for preparing to do his exams.

  20. I’d love to win a Virtuali-Tee, as I think it could really help our Penguin to grasp what it looks like inside our bodies, and how the organs work! 😀🤞

  21. As a teacher and a tutor with loads of nieces and nephews, I would love them all to have a play with this! It’s amazing. When the technological world is doing some good! Fingers crossed x

  22. This is Amazing absolutely awesome I’d love this but also so would my niece who’s 4 it was be amazing for her to see inside her body she would have that shocked face too x

  23. The boys would love this but may have to buy more as sharing clothes doesn’t always work for some reason, They always want the same top on the same day.

  24. I would love to win to help my daughyer learn about her body and biology. I think she would love it.

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