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Merge - Cube - Black/Silver

Model: ARC-01SKU: 6098895

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 136 reviews

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  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Concept!

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    MarkusKong
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    MERGE Cube Quick Features on the Product The First Holographic Object you can Hold in the Palm of your Hand Ages 10+ Visit www.MERGECUBE.com to find fun apps that transform the cube before your eyes Mobile Mode - launch any cube app and then point your mobile device at the Merge Cube Optional Merge Mode - tap the VR option, then slide your phone into virtual reality goggles Holographic Play (touch and play with holograms) VR/AR & Mixed Reality (it’s merge reality) Powered by Mobile (use your mobile device) Super Powered in VR (use virtual reality goggles) Awards WIRED (best new gadgets - mobile world congress 2017) BUZZFEED (20 products you need - 2017 feature) TECHRADAR (most unique product - CES 2017) DISTREE EMEA (fresh award - distree 2017) What's in the box? Merge Cube Sticker Mobile Device Stand Setup/Testing/Conclusion I must say when I first obtained the product and did the unboxing, I was a bit skeptical… The packaging was not impressive at all and honestly felt kinda “cheap”. After unboxing the Merge Cube I went straight to trying it out. I downloaded a builder game (Dig!) through the Google Play Store and followed the instructions. I have to admit that the Merge Cube is definitely cool and is a great concept. I was able to have some sort of fun with the app and the cube. The problem for me here lies with the Merge goggles. The cube is supposed to work in conjunction with the goggles but I didn’t have the best of experience with the goggles. After the Dig! game I went ahead and tried out Voxel Fly. For the life of me I could not get anything to work on this app with the cube and goggle. At this point I was a little frustrated with trying to get the cube working with the app and decided to call it quits. There also isn’t a whole lot of content to use the cube with the goggles. Getting everything to work is not the easiest thing to do. What I can say/mention again is that it's definitely a cool and awesome concept. If you have children you can definitely keep them entertained as long as everything works properly and fits properly. The best part about the cube though is that it's made of a “foam” like material so don’t worry about chucking it across the room or accidentally dropping it. Overall, I thought the cube was usable for a one time experience but definitely not something I would use/do regularly.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Cool concept, but too early to market

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    Phjilek36
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    I think this is a cool concept, but it is too early to market. The games for this are very limited and quite raw yet, and the free games currently available, are gimmicky and just not fun to play. It reminded me of playing old Atari games. Don't get me wrong, Atari was great at the time, but because there was nothing better out there. Unfortunately my son tried to play some of these games, and just didn't like them. The merge cube changes into things when you look at it through the phone OR the Merge Goggles, which I do have. It is an interactive way to play a game, but misses the mark quite a bit. Sure the phones are a limitation for processing, but really, I think they could do a lot better with even existing games using the phone gyroscope. I feel like so many games now could use this functionality, but they just have not utilized it yet. I think eventually, they can use this augmented reality and be able to place certain things around your house, and play a sort of hide and seek. Granted, you wouldn't want to have your kids walking wearing goggles, but you see where I am thinking it could be.It would be great if you could have something like Mario Brothers, and making the cube be Mario, and instead of pushing buttons, you could use the cube to jump up and down. The best game we found was like Pacman. It was Pacman eating unknown objects, almost like sardines and bombs or something. I had to stand to get all the objects, and then spin around to look up and down. The cube was the guy, and I had to raise and lower it to eat the objects and score points. If the cube was partially out of the view of the camera, the Pacman character would disappear, and so would the objects. When it would be back in the view completely then things reappeared. The camera lens also had to be able to focus quickly, because when it was out of focus, it didn't recognize the cube. Some of the games also said I need to purchase the cube, and I had no way to tell it that I already had one. No way to set it up, or register it, etc. The games also were only available on the website, and seemed quite slow. Perhaps they were also available on Google Play, but I would have no way to know what games were compatible with "the Merge Cube." Overall, the Cube works to interact with figurines, based on how I rotate and move it. The initial cool factor was great. The fact that I could almost touch the objects was neat, because it was new technology. But the lack of graphics and games just really made this a flop for my son, and myself.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy it! You won't be disappointed

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    teasten
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    Full Disclosure: I am a Best Buy Tech Insider Network member. I received the Merge Cube for review purposes. Below is my fair and honest review. I have not been compensated. Let me start with - BUY THE MERGE CUBE!! you wont' be disappointed. Ok, more details. What's in the box. The Merge Cube, a redemption code for activating the Merge Cube App. The Merge Cube is a hard foam cube. It looks somewhat between the all-spark from Transformers and something from the future. It's black/dark gray with silver markings all over it. The silver markings are actually anchor points for the Merge Augmented Reality (AR) app. This brings me to the important part. To use this you need an phone. I used this with my iPhone, but Android is also supported. Once you have the app, give it permission to use your camera, the Merge Cube is amazing. Holding the cube in front of you, via your phone, it turns into something amazing. There's a virtual body app, a fireplace, you can use it as a controller for some of the games in the app - all of which are fun, cool and simply amazing. The AMAZING part is as you rotate/move the cube in your hand, you can see another side of the object - so turn it when looking at the human body, and you can look at the back of the body. With the fire game/app, you see smoke drift away, but you can also hold the fire upside down and look underneath the fire. Playing with the Merge Cube you see so much potential for the future of AR and VR. I would not hesitate to buy this again or gift it to a friend. Side note: The Merge Cube is ideally paired with the Merge VR headset. This lets you have a much better experience. You can use the Merge Cube and associated apps without a VR headset. So if you want to start light, you could - which is why I give this a Buy Now recommendation. In fact, I have already had more than a few friends decide to buy this after just one use. You can't get a better recommendation than that!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Neat

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    swemoney
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    AR is the new "thing"! With the new AR frameworks in both Apple and Google operating systems, AR is really picking up steam. This little cube actually does some neat things even if it has some drawbacks. For starters, the registration code thing is kind of weird and stupid. It's a physical thing but the app requires you to "register" it like you were proving you purchased it. I found this off-putting and would love to be informed on what the point was. Another drawback is the lack of "free" apps. Testing this thing was tough to do because all of the apps recommended by the starter websites cost money. Some as much as $50. Most around the $2-5 range. I found the "Th!ngs" app which is a demo app with a bunch of little mini "things" to play with. Even if it was a little limited in functionality, it was a pretty good demonstration of what can be done with the cube. Another small issue makes a lot of sense because you're holding this thing in your hands. The marks all over the cube are for your camera to read to find out how the cubs is sitting and where to draw stuff, so you will occasionally block some of the things the camera needs to see and the fun little thing disappears on you. Not much you can do about this as you naturally want to move the cube in your hand as it appears you're holding something else. There's 2 ways to use this cube. You can use "VR Mode" with the merge goggles or just regular old AR mode with the included packaging/phone stand. I used the VR mode and would recommend this but AR mode is cool too. Depending on the apps your using, you hold the cube in your hand and your phone, with the camera on, tracks it and renders cool stuff on top of it. So it usually looks like you're holding something else in your hand. In AR mode, when you're looking through the phone on a stand, it has an OK effect. In VR Mode, when your phone is inside a pair of goggles, it does a decent job of making you feel like you're really holding that thing. I didn't try any of the paid apps but I gave all of the demos a shot in Th!ngs and some of these really showcase what can be done. Bottom line, I think it's a neat little toy. Would work well for kids. If you have a GearVR or Google Cardboard compatible goggles, it's really cool to play with in VR mode.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    I’ve Got the Whole World in My Hands...

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    RedScorpion
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    So, if you follow apple’s iOS 11, you know that augmented reality, AR, is an increasingly big deal. AR uses your phone’s camera and maps an area to make it seem like you can interact with and see digital characters / objects in your everyday environment. The other big trend is Virtual Reality, VR, using headsets that utilize google cardboard. The Merge Cube is a unique AR device that you can physically interact with. Utilizing the Merge cube apps, your Phone is able to use the cube to map digital objects that you can actually pick up and move. The Merge Cube can also work with 3D goggles like the Merge Goggles so that you can essentially interact with the AR device in 3D virtual reality. I thought this was a cool idea. It’s a great toy / Christmas gift for the kid or tech nerd in your life. However, it needs more apps. There are currently about a dozen apps. They all claim to work in VR, but in my experience, the AR mode with the iPad or iPhone worked best as the text and fine details could be hard to see in VR mode. There are currently only a few free apps. I personally enjoyed the app “Dig”, a Minecraft in your hands, and a demo app called “Things”. I also picked up a paid kitten simulator and an app called Anatomy AR that made for a cool way to look at body parts in 3D. Again, I highly recommend the Merge Cube. My friends and family found it very entertaining and I think it will make for a unique and fun gift.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Made Well, Lightweight Fun Cube

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    TechTux
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    At first I was skeptical of this product however have positively changed my mind for the better. I am really impressed with how they have implemented this and reduced the requirements of just a phone and online software. The cube works with almost all phones that have the gyroscope ability. You can check by going to VRtest.ninja before purchasing this product. Once you have the ability you can then go to their website to try out free demo or purchase the game. The cube itself is lightweight however you will get tired holding your phone and cube at a specific distance. Thankfully there is a plastic stand included where you can rest your phone and only worry about moving the cube! The applications run smoothly and it was a fun time waster. These are casual games, so not really meant for the hardcore gamers. Pros- Cube is Lightweight Plastic Stand for phone Free games and VR test before you buy Do not need a VR headset, can use just with phone Cons- Alot of games cost money Cube must be as specific distance from phone at all times, becomes tiresome over time Thin plastic stand can wear out over time, All games are on a website account, must be online to play Overall this is a fun product that is fun to play for the casual gamer who is interested in VR but do not want to spend all that money for equipment. I would recommend this product to anyone who enjoys VR gaming.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Wow, impressive fun from a simple device

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    TechnicallyCorrect
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    At first glance the Merge cube looks like some child’s toy. It is completley made of foam, has raised symbols on it and no functional parts or power required.So what does it do? This is not a VR device per se, this is an augmented reality device. Essentially it maps images onto the cubed surface in which you can interact with. Think of the blue or green screen you have hopefully heard of that is in movies. Now think of a cube covered in that that has images projected onto it. You do have to view it through a tablet or through the Merge VR goggles but this really works well. Once set up , you can do all types of cools things. You can pick up the cube and move it around to look at all sides of the image ( such as looking at every angle of a skull or organ – the app is Mr. Body) or interact with something that appears to be in your room ( there is a box of cartoon fireworks that you can pick up and make it shoot fireworks.) There a decent amount of apps and games ( Tilt ball is good.) I recently reviewd the Merge VR goggles and was not overly impressed with the experience. The cube changes that, it makes the Merge VR goggles much more fun. With that said, I see something more here. This is the beginning of a game changer, there are a myriad of applications in the real world – remote teaching or medical assistance. Imagine taking a high detailed scan of a heart, transmitting the data remotely to a more advances cube like item , mapping the data to it so a remote surgeon can explore the heart. Obviously , there is more to it but there is really something here with this $15 “toy.” If I had used the cube earlier with Merge VR goggles, I would have rated it higher. Merge, if you are reading this, start packaging the cube with the goggles immediately. It will help sell them . Overall , this Merge cube was fun and interesting. I would recommend it to anyone who gets the Merge VR goggles.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A gadget. A fun gadget.

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    NotBobMontgomery
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    The Merge Cube is a VR box that you can place on a flat surface or hold in your hand. Now, what's a VR box, you might reasonably ask. It's simply a plastic cube that allows you to project VR worlds using your smartphone, tablet, or, preferably, a pair of VR goggles. I considered taking video of it as seen through my iPad to post here, but it really wasn't fair to the Cube. While you could see the images that are projected, they look like projected images. With goggles, it is an entirely different experience. Instead I'm going to ask that you use your imagination on it. Imagine that you're holding a small city in your hand, a city that looks like one of those architecture models showing you what the new senior living community will look like. Now imagine the blocky cars and trucks are driving themselves around the streets, including over the edge of the cube onto the next side. Imagine holding a box of cartoonish fireworks in your hand, fireworks that would do Wile E. Coyote proud. Now imagine touching the controls on your goggles and having the fireworks shoot off in your living room. And so on. The only downside is the cube is very sensitive to light sources. If you hold it at the wrong angle, which will sometimes happen when you're turning it to see what's on the next face of the cube, it will revert to looking like a plastic cube for a fraction of a second - just enough time to break the illusion. And this is the only reason I gave it four instead of five stars. So, a gadget, a conversation starter, a fun thing to pick up and play with. In this context, it's probably worth the low price. As something you'll think every day, "Wow, I'm glad I have this," not so much. Think of it as a complex, digital snowglobe. And if that's what you're looking for, it's more fun than plastic flakes.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Durable, neat novelty

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    JenN7
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    This is really kind of a neat item, especially for kids. The construction has no moving parts, and it's a squishy, but solid foam, which means it can stand up to some abuse and handling. Which is kind of the point--you're meant to pick this thing up and play with it. You can do this in two ways: If you have the Merge VR goggles, you can slip your phone into the goggles and play with the cube in front of you. Or, you can just use it with your phone. The packaging can be configured to work like a stand for the cube and your phone... this I thought was a good idea, but bad execution. The packaging is not made any sturdier for this purpose and will not last if you're going to be using it this way. It's also not ergonomically friendly... you'll be hunching over to view the cube with your phone using the packaging "stand" and will probably end up holding your phone in one hand and the cube in the other. Which is just as well... You don't really need two hands on the cube itself. I kept wanting to "click" on the cube and interact with it directly when I was seeing images "projected" onto it through the goggles or my phone... because this "augmented reality" thing on the cube actually worked really well. It looks really cool! But when it comes down to it, there's not a whole lot to *do* besides look at it... Games to download are very simple and have only one or two interactions to be done using the triggers on the goggles or by clicking at your phone. The cube is really just the 3D projection screen for the AR images. It's pretty neat... but probably won't hold attention for too long. Fortunately, the cube itself is simple and not really expensive. It's a fun little diversion, but not going to blow anyone's mind.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very cool concept but lacks app support

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    TonyMSP
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    The merge cube is a very neat concept and brings gaming to another level. The cube has unique patterns that your phone’s camera reads and augments graphics over the cube you’re holding. It does require a good amount of light for the app to recognize the cube and you can’t be too twitchy with the cube or the app will lose it. The cube is made of durable foam which is a plus if you happen to bang it on a wall by accident playing your games. You will need to download Merge cube supported apps to take advantage of this cube. At this time in writing, there are only a handful of apps and only a few are free to try. Pricing for the apps range from $1.99 to $7.99 in the apple app store. I’m disappointed in the small amount of apps available at launch of this cube and I hope more app developers are in the works. The Merge cube can be used on its own without a VR headset but experience it with a headset like google cardboard or Merge’s own headset and you will be experiencing the latest augmented reality games smartphones are capable of producing. I would recommend this to the early adopters but be prepared to wait for developers to catchup with the augmented reality craze.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Merge hits it out of the park!

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    Arjay67
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    After getting the cube I was hoping it would be more enjoyable than the goggles; and it was! The Cube is made of a similar foam as the goggles with distinct patterns on all six sides. The related apps view the patterns and then display the images accordingly. The Cube works well with using the goggles or equally as well with just your smartphone or tablet. In fact, I found myself using it more without the goggles since I wasn’t a fan of those to start with. But it’s the software that makes the cube so much fun. You can use it to view a heart, animals, anatomy, other objects and rotate to view from all angles. There are even a couple cute games that I tried, but stuck with only those that were offered at no cost. After you load an app from the AppStore, you enter the verification code that comes with the Cube and you’re on your way. With settings to switch easily between goggle mode and smartphone only mode the operation is dead simple. I had lots of fun exploring, but with a cost. Grabbing the realtime images and then calculating the geometry of the images IS resource intensive. You’ll see battery life take a serious hit, but it’s worth it. After all, I do have a high speed charger at the ready. :) All in all, this is a worthy purchase. I was seriously unimpressed with the goggles, but Merge really hit it out of the park with the Cube. One bit of advise though, make sure you have decent lighting in the room where you’re using it. If it gets too dim the software will loose the ability to accurately determine the grid patterns. But this is more common sense really. This one’s a keeper for sure!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Cool toy but not much to do with it..

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    Shail
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    As the world of Augmented Reality (AR) is evolving, Merge Cube is my first tryst with it. At a price tag of $15, it's affordable. When you open the box, you are surprised to see a "cube" of foam :) The good thing is that it is durable and as there are no electronic circuits etc inside, it will not break if you accidentally dropped it. It took me a while to fully grasp how it is supposed to be used and I am pretty tech savvy :) I downloaded few free apps from merge web site (via Google Play Store). I started with "Merge Things" and was excited to see the cube transform into so many things. Then I tried "Dig" and liked it. But it's really difficult to operate games/apps when one hand is holding the cube and the other is holding the phone. Your hands get tired pretty soon as well. I had better experience with my Merge VR goggles. The initial excitement died down in a day or two though :( There is really not much to do with it at the moment. There are apps and games but the overall experience is tiring as you can really hold the cube too long. I also tried putting the cube on it's stand and that was better but still it's not there yet! Of course, the AR technology is in it's infancy at the moment and I am sure it will only get better from here. I am looking forward to that. So, overall, its an interesting little gadget. As it does not cost too much, I will recommend it to my friends who are tech savvy and want to stay up-to-date with the new and upcoming technology. I will not recommend it to average users at the moment though. I think they will be disappointed with lack of applications.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great AR/VR experience

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    Jack
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    Merge Cube is the first device/object I've used that uses some form of Augmented Reality (AR) via so-called "holograms". The cube is not that big, around 3-inches in each side and has some geometric patterns on it. The cube is soft to touch, but not squishy - made from some foam-like material. Merge cube can be used with almost all smartphones (Android or iOS) which is a great benefit. Furthermore, the experience can be enhanced with the Merge VR Googles. I've tried a bunch of apps from the Merge Miniverse, and there are a lot of varieties of apps there. Overall, the experience is quite nice. The movement of the cube is nicely detected by my OnePlus 5 Android smartphone (though if you move the cube too quickly, there's some lag, which I think is acceptable). The plastic tray of the packaging plays a dual role of being smartphone holder too, but I found the angle to be a bit awkward. Another thing is that though this is definitely an entry-level AR/VR item, there's a lack of general instruction material provided with it. It just tells me to go to a Merge VR website and expects me to learn by just using apps. This is not a big hindrance, but compared to some other systems which have very thought out tutorials (like Google Cardboard), this makes the Merge Cube learning curve a tad more tedious. Overall, this is a great beginners AR/VR system, especially when used together with the Merge VR Googles. The low price makes it a great gift for kids in the forthcoming holiday season. I'll definitely encourage anyone to try it out if you're interested in AR/VR systems.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Little AR Toy

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    This is a really cool little toy. At this point there's a limited selection of apps that will work with it, but the ones that are available are a lot of fun to use. The cube itself is just a piece of foam with special markings on it for compatible apps to track it. It's made to work with the Merge VR headset, but it seems like just about any VR headset that has a front cutout for the phone camera would work with it. You do have to register it with an activation code for some reason before you can use it - I suspect it's to prevent counterfeiting. Once you're in a compatible app you just hold the cube up to your phone's camera and it starts tracking. On my iPhone 7 the tracking was pretty impressive - I had to shake it up pretty good to get the apps to lose track of it. I tried Snake Attack and AnatomyAR+ and both worked very well. Snake Attack is like a 3D version of Snake and the Anatomy app turns the cube into a little guy that lets you examine different organs in the body. Unfortunately a good portion of the apps available for this do cost money, but the price of the Cube itself is low enough to make up for it. Not having done a lot of AR stuff before I have to say the experience of using these apps and playing these games was pretty surreal - I quickly forgot that I was just holding a foam cube and was pretty drawn in to what was being shown through the phone camera. Hopefully Merge will come out with more apps that support the Cube, but as it stands right now it's still a fun little toy that's well worth the price you pay - especially if you've already got a VR headset.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

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    Trying out the Merge Cube with the VR Goggles was truly amazing. I was actually really impressed by this. You have to register it online and then use your phone with the VR Goggles to essentially sync them up. The first game I tried with the Cube was Tiltball. The Cube gives you a 3D playing surface in your hands, and you have to turn it to maneuver the ball through the course without it falling off the edge. Honestly, I wasn't very good at it! Part of that could be because I need practice and the other part is (as I mentioned in my review of the goggles) I actually got motion sickness from using the goggles, which made focusing on things a little difficult (I know, I'm lame). I was truly impressed by how this worked though. Because of the way the virtual reality works, you can't see your fingers or any part of your hands when they're on the cube. They're blocked out so you only see the game. I'm definitely looking forward to trying out more games with this. My only real complaint and my reason for giving this 4 stars instead of 5 is as far as I can tell, there are no free games with Merge Cube. There are free games for the VR Goggles only. But if you want to use your Cube, you'll have to shell out more money. The Tiltball game was one of the cheapest at $0.99. But they went up from there (one of the featured games was $7.99 - that's half the price of the Cube right there). While I'm sure some of the games are totally worth the money, I would have liked to try one or two out first to see how things worked. But it was worth it for me because this thing really is pretty cool!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Could be awesome if/when more apps available

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    cinsteadofak
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    Since I already owned the Merge VR Goggles, I was interested in the added experience the Merge Cube would add. After setting up your Merge VR Goggles and registering the Merge Cube using the included code, all you have to do is download programs for use with the Merge Cube. The unique design of the cube is made to help tell the program what side of a “space” you are viewing. The image loads pretty fast and the image quality is pretty impressive. It is nice to be able to interact with the cube using the input buttons on the goggles. I noticed there are a few games which received great ratings, but very few free games. If looking for additional VR entertainment, this cube is a nice addition, but plan on paying even more to download games which can make the most of your experience. I would not be able to recommend it yet due to the seemingly limitless cost for all the different games/apps, but I feel my recommendation will change after this cube is on the market longer and lower cost/free apps are more abundant. As of this writing, there were only 14 Cube apps available, with only 3 being free.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun Concept - Only as Good as the Apps Though

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    EricJay
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    When you take the Merge Cube out of the package, it looks like it's just a piece of foam with silver patterns on each side. In reality, that's all it is. However, those patterns printed on the side allow Augmented Reality (AR) apps to replace the cube and make it look like something else entirely. AR apps work by showing you the real world through your smartphone camera/screen, but superimposing text, graphics, etc. on top of the real world image. It's like those filters for chat apps that let you replace your own nose with a bunny nose, or your own eyes with cartoon eyes. The Merge Cube and compatible AR apps work on the same concept... but instead of identifying a part of your face and replacing it with a cartoon version, Merge Cube apps identify the cube and replace it with something else. So, as you move the cube around, turn it in your hands, etc. you're controlling the image that you see. Combine the Merge Cube with a pair of VR Goggles like the Merge VR, and the experience is really immersive. You'll find yourself looking around at the real world you're in, holding a foam cube in your hands, but instead of seeing the foam cube, you're seeing a game tool, a puzzle piece, etc. Overall, the technology is very cool, and the experience is impressive. The cube itself is just the placeholder, though. It's only as interesting as the apps that work with it. I'm hoping that over time, more exciting apps are released that take advantage of the Merge Cube's capabilities.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Oh yeah! Affordable Augmented reality

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    The Merge HoloCube and Goggles from are awesome! Merge Virtual Reality has created an augmented reality (AR) power duo that allows you to hold and interact with holographic objects. The MergeCube is a 2 inches square foam cube with weird patterns on each face. Looking like some alien artifact from a Marvel movie! Using VR glasses either Merges own or another cardboard viewer you load up the Merge things or other merge cube app on your smartphone and place them in the goggles, the cube is then replaced with a holographic image. When looking at the Cube it is replaced by a 3D hologram allowing the user to rotate the it or even pull it closer to look at details. When playing a game you move the cube for example to fly a spaceship. I felt this control was much more natural than a joystick. The future games and interactive applications are only limited by the developers imagination. I could imagine these being used in interactive TV or movies as well. I do recommend having a newer phone for the more graphics intensive applications. I was able to get my Nexus 6p to fit in the MergeVR goggles but had to stretch it a bit (it is made of a flexible foam..very comfortable) regular phones should fit with no problems. There are Android and IOS apps available. This is a great interactive device the first affordable consumer application for augmented reality. I recommend it for all kids and any gamer looking for a different experience.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Reasonably priced and fun

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    First off, yes the Cube will work without the Merge VR headset, but that is kind like buying a new car without tires. You can look through your phone and see the Cube, and even build a mindcraft style world, but with the VR headset it is twice as nice! It is way more interactive and fun for sure. I have been asked if it will work with other devices like Amazon tablets, and I don’t know because I have not tried it. It works well with IOS, and I am not sure about android since I don’t have anything android in the house. It cites the fact that you can "hold a holographic object in the palm of your hand," and that is very accurate. It is really intuitive and the directions are easy to follow to get you started. After that, it is really fun to try the different VR, AR and mixed reality options for the different games and apps. Tons of re-playability. The price point is really good for this item. $15, come on. You will waste that much on coffee this week! This is really a product for kids in the "tween" range, but I have to say I enjoyed it as well. There are a ton of free apps and games, more than I thought there would be. If you really want to get the full experience, add a Merge VR headset for about $60 and it takes things to the next level. I find the combination to be better than my PlayStation VR, with no cords to trip over either. Definitely a good buy and I recommend it to anyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    great stocking stuffer for kids!

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    The Merge Cube VR, will work not only with the Merge VR googles, but also with any google cardboard device out there. Essentially, it is once you view it thru various apps available on iOS and Android, including iPad tablets, it changes that cube into a 3D tracked object on screen, replacing the real cube with another shape. There are quite a few games and apps available, and while fun, they are mostly aimed towards children. There is defintley a wow factor here, and I am excited for where this augmented reality will take us down the line. You can literally rotate another 3D object around, hold it closer to your VR googles or your tablet camera, it is pretty amazing. The apps I played with also showed you the actual video feed from the camera lens, so when you have your replaced 3D object, it makes it really fun to see this other augmented reality object in it’s place, which you can rotate and spin around, etc.. while the video is still there. You can see your hand manipulating the object in real time. Some apps allow you to record the video as you are messing with it. Very cool. Some apps will also fake a shadow if the cube is on a surface. In one instance, I played with a firework crate (in place of the cube), and set the fireworks off, and you can follow it around. Tilt your head and follow the launched fire works. Very cool! For the money this a great stocking stuffer for kids!

    I would recommend this to a friend