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ARC-01
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6098895
Your price for this item is $14.99

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 149 reviews

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  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

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

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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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Very cool concept but lacks app support

    Posted .

    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
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Awesome Concept!

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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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Made Well, Lightweight Fun Cube

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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
  • Rated 3 out of 5 stars

    Could be awesome if/when more apps available

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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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Perfect Companion for Merge Goggles

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    If you own a pair of Merge VR goggles, this cube is a must-have item! Even if you don't have the goggles, the cube opens up a whole new world of augmented reality games on your smartphone. It's simple: - Go to the website shown on the box to see a full list of Merge-compatible apps and games for iOS and Android. - Apps that take advanted of the VR goggles and cube allow you to interact with the cube through the goggles. The cube transforms into an object entirely unique to that game or app. - If you don't have or don't want to use the goggles, you can use the camera on your smartphone. Through your phone's screen, the cube will turn into an entirely new object. The games I've tried are tons of fun, including Nexus Box and Defused. The graphics are great, it's easy to setup and use, and it's super affordable. However, some of the games on the App Store can be pricey. Regardless, this will provide hours of fun for all ages.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    The Cube That WOWS

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    The cube will work with or without the companion Merge VR Glasses. I tested with both. I was wowed from the the first moment. I downloaded some free games from the Merge site. With the glasses you get the most out of it. Every time I turned the cube a new facet of the game appeared. It was surreal. Without the Glasses I tested with the included phone and cube holder (thin plastic that doubles as packaging but works to hold the phone. the app access your camera on your phone and from the view the cube comes alive!. there are many apps for free or a few you can pay for. The cube is made from a foam rubber substance that is durable. Kids will love it. Even adults like me spent a lot of time with it, until it was swiped by the daughters and I haven't see it since. Before you purchase you need to go to VRstart.com to ensure your phone is compatible. I would recommend this to friends and family

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Cool, Innovative Product for Kids

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    Merge Cube is cool innovative product. This little cube made out of foam turn into hologram if you download certain apps on your smartphone for games, puzzles and educational. Kids are really enjoying using this cube with phone apps. Setup is very easy with instructions. Visit www.mergecube.com to find fun apps that transform the cube into holographic mode. I have downloaded few apps from app store, pointed the phone to cube and you can see holographic objects in your phone. Merge cube exceeded my expectation for its price and design. Merge Cube is first holographic object you can hold in the palm of your hand. It is perfect gift for kids age of 10+ and It is much better option to give as gift for kids during holidays along with Merge VR google.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Great way to experience AR!

    Posted .

    Download the app and just look at it through your phone in a VR/AR viewer (we have the Merge VR headset) and it's instantly recognized in your hand and on screen. We've only started playing games on it, but there seems to be a fair amount of content already to play with. This takes AR to the next level! Fun to play with for kids or adults and you can still see the room around you in the goggles (uses your phone's camera).

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Merge cube - Pretty Amazing

    Posted .

    If you like VR and feel you could hold something in the palm of your hand and see some really awesome effects get the Merge cube and you wont be disappointed. The VR cube is a device you can hold in your hand. The app and the headset make the cube come to life in amazing ways. Its pretty hard to express how this cube when bundled with the Merge VR headset can do. I was very skeptical of the cube at first but to hold something in your hand and use an app to make it come to life was an excellent experience. Awesome VR product by Merge.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    What a cool little cube!

    Posted .

    Very cool and addictive. I spent an hour just playing around with the Merge Cube. Even without the VR headset its alot of fun, however using the headset with the cube is pretty awesome in itself. They have quite a few games and apps for it as of this review. I really hope that they keep building on this type of platform as I feel like not only are the games cool, this would be great for teaching and would make learning much more fun!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Little cube for Hologram world

    Posted .

    This little cube turns into a hologram world throgh your smartphone but you need to download specific apps on your smartphone (IOS & Android) spongy feel and high quality at good price!

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Fun for anyone

    Posted .

    The cube is a stand alone unit that can be paired with the Merge VR headset. It an drain your battery and the apps aren't free so going in on this cube going take some investment.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 1 out of 5 stars

    Cool concept, but too early to market

    Posted .

    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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    A gadget. A fun gadget.

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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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Neat

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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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Buy it! You won't be disappointed

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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
  • Rated 5 out of 5 stars

    Extreme Fun to play with!

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    This is a very exciting "toy" to play with which can be used through your phone. Toy if you play games with it and a learning center if you use with educational apps. It's literally made of foam which means you can drop the device and it won't break. This little foam cube will actually turn into a hologram if you download certain apps on your smartphone. It's really affordable for all that you can do with it. Users can download Merge Cube's official app "Merge Multiverse" which is a portal of 100s of other apps There are 3D games and puzzles, but there's also some cool educational apps as well. An experience where you can hold a game in the palm of your hands, manipulate the games in virtual reality; is pretty cool experience for the price! You'll feel like what you're holding is really there. This makes it extremely fun to play the AR games. So far I haven't found any drawback of this fun gadget, except its really "addicting". I will definitely recommend this to everyone.

    I would recommend this to a friend
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Amazing!

    Posted .

    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
  • Rated 4 out of 5 stars

    Reasonably priced and fun

    Posted .

    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