Merge VR has announced a $1 million fund aimed at virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) developers to help them bring their ideas to reality. It wants to encourage devs to come up with innovative VR and AR experiences which would be compatible with its products and services. While anyone around the globe is eligible to apply, one has to keep a few things in mind before submitting the application. All pitched ideas should be appropriate for kids aged ten, be “beautifully crafted,” and developed using the Merge software development kit (SDK).
The fund in the question has been set up in collaboration with various partners including Chicken Waffle, React VRX, and Draw & Code. The fund is ultimately aimed at building a developer community for Merge VR devices and the company's platform, though it can also prove to be helpful for devs who might have a good idea but are unable to pursue it because they're lacking financial support. Either way, it seems to be a win-win situation for both the company and developers willing to work on content for an emerging platform that still doesn't have a massive user base. Developers who are interested in applying for funding can follow the source link beneath this writing to find out more about Merge VR's latest initiative.
Merge VR is a fairly new name in the VR and AR market and is known for releasing the Merge VR Goggles, a relatively affordably priced VR headset aimed at kids aged ten and above that was designed for immersive VR experiences. The headset is compatible with Google Cardboard content and works with devices with 5.5-inch screens and smaller display panels. The product also has its own marketplace called VR Start from where users can easily browse through available VR and AR content, i.e. apps, games, and 360-degree videos. The company recently introduced a holographic toy called Merge Cube which is based on augmented reality tech, allowing users to hold holograms in their hands and experience them in a more interactive way, though that particular creation has yet to hit the market. More details on Merge VR's upcoming products and services will likely be available later this year.