There are three different “modes,” or ways to interact, with the digital teaching aids and simulations in Merge EDU apps.
3D Mode allows you to interact with virtual objects and simulations on the device's screen, without needing to access the device's camera or use a Merge Cube.
Cube Mode allows you to hold and interact with 3D objects in the palm of your hand using the Merge Cube, which adds the sense of touch to the learning experience.
And World Mode allows users to place multiple objects side-by-side in the real world, to compare and explore. With world mode, you can physically walk around to inspect the simulation or digital object you placed in the world.
In this article, you will learn how to use:
- 3D Mode
- Cube Mode
- World Mode
When you first open a simulation or 3D object in one of the Merge apps, the app will default to 3D Mode. 3D mode is accessible to all devices capable of downloading the Merge apps.
In 3D Mode, you do not need a Merge Cube and can view objects and interact with simulations simply by touching the screen of your device. Tap and drag to rotate an object around, or use a pinching gesture to zoom in and out.
Swapping between Modes
When you’re ready to swap to a different mode, you can simply tap the dropdown menu at the top of the screen. This button will display the mode you are currently using, and show options to swap to other modes (3D, Cube, and World).
Cube Mode is the classic way of using the Merge EDU apps, and adds the sense of touch to the AR experience. Once in cube mode, the device will ask you to scan your Merge Cube. This feature uses your rear-facing camera to ‘see’ the cube and overlay a virtual image over it - allowing you to hold a hologram in the palm of your hand!
If you don’t have a Merge Cube, tap here to learn how you can get one.
You can also use Merge EDU apps in World Mode. When in world mode, your device will ask you to scan a surface. This can be a table or desk, the floor, or even outside! Once the surface is scanned, a white circle will appear, allowing you to “place” the object or simulation down on that surface. Place multiple objects side-by-side to compare and contrast, or walk around life-size virtual objects right in your classroom!
For more information about using the place in the world tool, check out this help article.
Now that you’ve learned about the different modes available, you can get started using Merge EDU apps to teach students about science and STEM. Check out the following articles for a great place to start: