Who Are Merged VR?
Virtual and augmented reality technology is one of the most highly sophisticated and complex technologies being developed today. At the moment, most of the development in the industry is on the high end of the scale – targeting businesses with large budgets such as industrial application development or the most cutting-edge gaming companies, with deep pockets and cash to spend on the technology.
However, there is the other end to that scale and that is where the company Merged VR has found its niche. Merge VR is essentially a toy company that focusses on virtual reality toys.
Founded in 2013, and privately owned, this Texas based company aims at making virtual reality available and user friendly for everyone. The company founders, Franklin Lyons and Andrew Trickett come from backgrounds in gaming, design, content development, hardware creation and technology, and their mission is to create positive toys for children 10 years and up, which give the user a fun, educational, but also interactive experience.
Merged VR Goggles
Merged VR’s flagship product is their augmented reality goggles. Unlike their competitor’s VR headsets, Merged VR brought out the first soft plastic headset, which fits any smartphone.
The goggles are made of soft foam and this already allows for the price tag ($60 retail price in August of this year) to be affordable as plastic is a relatively inexpensive product to use. They are also easy to clean and comfortable to wear further adding to the user-friendly aspect of the product. Furthermore, Merged VR has worked tirelessly to meet the regulations that allow their product to be deemed safe for children as young as 10 years to use.
Why Merged Chose Mobile
The founders of Merge VR believe that the success of any technology is firmly rooted in the size of the audience with exposure to it. With smartphones being in more or less every household worldwide, it allows the company to target an almost limitless audience, and change what was previously technology only seen in sci-fi movies, to something that everyone could experience and enjoy. This tech could change the way we enjoy the online slots Canada has to offer, the way we watch movies, and the way we learn new things. In fact, it could change just about everything.
How the Merge VR Goggles Work
Another aspect that makes the Merge VR goggles so relatively inexpensive, is that they work alongside the smartphone you already have – even the larger sized smartphones, so no extra hardware is necessary. Simply drop your smartphone into the headset and you are transported into a virtual reality world instantly.
The goggles sport only 2 in-app control buttons, making the games super easy to control, and the adjustable optics make the device suitable for any eyes – just slip your headset on, and adjust until the picture is clear.
Merge VR Games and Apps
Understandably as Merged VR goggles are usable with any smartphone, they support both Android and Apple Apps.
They offer games, educational apps, 360 videos and music all in virtual reality via their “Merge Miniverse” on their website, and are also compatible with all the other virtual reality offerings currently available in the Apple iStore, and Google Play Store.
Merge VR’s other well-known offering is the Merge Cube, which is a hand-held hologram toy that allows users to play and interact with 3D images while holding the toy. The Merge Cube is aimed at younger users, while the Merge VR goggles can be enjoyed by adults as well as children as young as 10 years old.
While only a few years ago, virtual reality was a space age technology that was not a reality for the Average Joe on the street. Merge VR has changed all that, and made it a possibility for everyone to enjoy.