Remember when our parents would nag at us to not sit too close to the television, lest we damage our eyesight? Well, those days are over. Today, we’re doing the exact opposite of what we were advised against, by putting screens right in front of our eyes, all thanks to the power of virtual reality.

Virtual reality has come a long way since it first broke into the mainstream when Facebook purchased Oculus. The latter, a black VR headset, has similarities to the original form of “virtual reality” — which existed more than a century ago by way of the stereoscope.

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One of the oldest retro inventions that are still in production today, the View-Master is a stereoscopic device that has also made many cameos in horror films, in case they looked familiar.

However, with a stereoscope, you could only see a single still image at a time. People wanted to be able to interact and be transported into a fantasy world, and so the technology was forced to catch up. After many trials and failures, we think that the tech giants might have finally got the formula right.

As we saw recently at CES 2018, the virtual reality kits of today are almost as compact as a stereoscope from the past, except they’re loaded with a lot more features like motion tracking and surround sound. You can explore virtual environments like the ruins of Acropolis all from the comfort of your room as if you were physically there. If that doesn’t sound like the very definition of living in the future to you, we don’t quite know what you’re expecting.

Perhaps one day we’ll be able to journey into the depths of the ocean or the vastness of outer space while in the cosy confines of our homes. But for now, we’ll have to settle for playing Blade Runner, although that’s not too bad in itself. Here are 6 virtual reality kits for you to get fully immersed in a whole new world.