Meta (Facebook) is just one of the metaverse of companies betting on this idea. Follow us to learn more about others and the future.
The Metaverse is the perceived future of the Internet. The future beyond the screen, into the digital realm of avatars, games, science, commerce and almost everything we do in real life.
What is Metaverse?
In its current form, the metaverse is a virtual world that can be entered using augmented reality gadgets.
Designed to reduce distances, the main goal is collaboration without physical boundaries.
Think of a super-advanced version of video conferencing where you’re in the form of an avatar, you can talk to other avatars, gesture, walk or sit at a round table.
It would be metawars.
And it’s not a new idea if you were familiar with Secondlife, released in 2003. It’s a virtual world where you can live with your digital self. The Sims is a similar game.
But the metaverse is much more advanced and lively than a regular game. It’s so big that Facebook changed its name to Meta.
Not only that, but he has invested billions of dollars trying to take the lion’s share of the metaverse. So we’ll start with Meta and her Metaverse projects.
Horizon Studios is undoing the remote work culture – digitally. Look at:
While it’s still in beta, you and your team can use it with a VR headset: the Oculus Quest 2.
Only the first person needs to create a VR room using Quest 2 while the others can join in on their computers. However, the Quest 2 headset is required to immerse yourself in the virtual world.
In short, Workrooms is your alternative to a physical coworking space. Another Meta project is…
Horizon of worlds
Horizon Worlds is more than just remote work. It’s about everything we do in our daily lives, including:
Horizon Worlds is more complete than Workrooms. At first it seems like Meta is trying to make it a surrogate for (virtual) reality. However, things may not be as fancy as the video portrays, but it still gets the job done.
It’s worth noting that these Metaverse projects – Workrooms & Worlds – require an Oculus VR headset. This can be a big drawback because ultimately wearing these bulky headphones for long periods of time without any side effects like cybersickness can be a strain.
It is just ahead of Microsoft in that race. It is one of the metaverse companies with a vision of connecting people even without VR glasses.
Microsoft Grid is a cross-platform collaboration tool designed to reduce physical distance.
Thanks to the HoloLens device, you can experience the best of Mesh technology.
However, it can be accessed with certain limitations on smartphones, computers and tablets through applications that support Mesh technology.
Grid for Microsoft Teams
Microsoft recently launched one such Team Grid integration in response to Meta Horizon Workrooms.
These are virtual spaces for effective remote work. Another hidden goal is to reduce video fatigue during remote meetings.
So you can activate your avatar instead of sitting straight in front of your webcam. And there won’t be a boring animated character sitting there; Microsoft plans to recreate the hand moments and facial expressions in future updates.
Depending on the device you have, the interactions will appear alive. For example, HoloLens is the perfect device to experience virtual worlds as much as possible compared to a smartphone with fewer sensors and cameras.
Then the plan is to enter the impressive 3D spaces.
For example, it’s called Nth Floor – a digital 3D landscape for Accenture employees:
This allows your multinational company to design a virtual campus where running experts can collaborate. All of this will happen in Microsoft Teams.
It’s currently in beta. However, you can take HoloLens devices and a few colleagues to try out the network with a limited experience for teams.
You can throw a party, host a get-together, and host a host of get-togethers with your acquisition of Mircosoft AltspaceVR.
People either create and organize an event or are guests at others. There is even an AltspaceVR public calendar with details (time, date, etc.) of events.
It is free. Anyone can participate from compatible devices, including a regular Windows PC or Mac.
837 is Samsung’s New York Experience Center. Indeed, not everyone can physically visit. However, you can definitely try the Samsung 837x: the metaverse model of the original 837.
It’s Samsung’s way of showcasing its sustainability, customization and connectivity initiatives.
You can play as a guest in a casual meeting. Or link your crypto wallet to collect NFT badges and wearables for your avatar.
This resides in a web browser based decentralized digital 3D world. In this virtual world that opened to the public in February 2020, you can buy/sell plots, trade and do much more.
There are plenty of business meetings, art exhibitions, and even dating speculation in the metaverse. There’s also a public events calendar to plan your adventures in the Metaverse. You can join the listed events or submit your own.
One artist has opened an NFT store so you can contact him on Instagram to buy these tokens.
Purchases in Decentraland can be made using MANA, the cryptocurrency metaverse. These digital currencies only allow you to buy things in the metaverse. And ownership is held by non-convertible tokens.
Other Metaverse companies
While this includes the basic metaverse designs, there are many others.
For example, you can soon order a McDonald’s restaurant from Metaverse to deliver it to your real address.
Similarly, car major Hyundai partnered with Unity to set up a Metaverse factory. This will help managers to solve production problems without having to visit the factory every time. In addition, this metafactory is used for Hyundai’s virtual customer experience.
Following the line, TikTok owner Byte-Dance launched Paiduidao, Metaverse’s social app for virtual meetings and events. Don’t give up either, YouTube is also preparing a Metaverse project.
Although there are many more, they are still in beta, with Meta (Facebook) and Microsoft clearly leading the race.
There will be many more metaverse companies consolidating their virtual presence in the coming years.
We meet, shop, enjoy and work in the metaverse. I think it’s a big part of what we call life.
But don’t think too far; we’ve put together a list of metaverses you can join now to get a peek into the future.