WATCH | VR headsets don't have to be sweaty and uncomfortable.
"It's a lot like a yoga mat"
Mobile smartphone-based VR is taking off, but if you've ever strapped a big plastic Samsung Gear VR or even Google's new fabric-outfitted Daydreamer View to your face for an extended period of time, you know that it's not typically a comfy proposition.
Solution: The Merge VR viewer, which works with Android and iPhone, is made of a sort-of yoga mat foam material, so it won't pinch your face or weigh your head down during lengthy VR sessions.
Merge works with most any modern-sized Android phone or iPhone.
Dipping into AR
Merge's headset has been available for about a year and a half, but the company is at CES 2017 in Las Vegas to show off its foray into augmented reality (AR). Hold Merge's new Holo Cube (still in prototype) in front of the headset your inserted phone's camera, and it transforms before your eyes into a hologram cube that you can manipulate with your hands.
The Holo Cube demos Merge had to show included a four-sided city that you could turn and bring closer to your face to examine and a Pac-man-type game.
Merge's AR apps project different games and interactive visuals onto a Holo Cube that you hold and manipulate with your hands.
Pricing and availability
Merge's headset runs $59 on its website and comes in various colors (some new for 2017). The Holo Cube "fidget widget" is expected to cost $20 when it's released in summer 2017.