MergeVR is known in virtual reality (VR) circles for its Merge Cube product that allows users to physically interact with augmented reality (AR) holograms, and for its soft and comfortable MergeVR headset. The company is now making that same headset to schools and educators.
Class sets of the VR goggles will be available ad discounted educational rates. The goggles will be certified refurbished headsets that have gone through a testing process to ensure quality. The aim of providing the reduced price, kid-friend VR headsets is to allow students to learn in a direct, immersive way. To fly through outer space to better understand the solar system, or to comprehend the complexity of live under the ocean by swimming alongside gigantic blue whales.
“We truly believe the Merge AR/VR Goggles are the best option for use in schools. They’re easy to wipe clean, extremely durable, and can be dropped without worry. The adjustable lenses and flexible construction allows them to fit any size face. The goggles also have both left and right input buttons which is an important consideration for accessibility. These features just aren’t available with other VR products,” said Merge Co-founder Andrew Trickett. “Schools districts and teachers have reached out to us regarding their needs for bulk orders, so we’re really happy to offer the class sets and to help more students experience the power of learning through virtual reality,” continued Trickett.
Merge is also offering demonstrations of the MergeVR goggles and the Merge Cube at ISTE, an educational technology conference that attracts over 18,000 attendees every year. Teachers, administrators, technology coordinators and others related to the education sector will have a chance to try out the technology.
Further information can be found at the official MergeVR website.
VRFocus will continue to report on VR and AR use in education and training.