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Metaverse- Is this the next big thing?

What is a Metaverse?

  • Metaverse is a word created using two words that are –
    • META(Greek prefix word) meaning Beyond
    • Verse meaning Universe
  • The word metaverse means beyond the universe.
  • Now coming to the scientific meaning of the term metaverse.
  • Metaverse can be easily understood by knowing about virtual reality and augmented reality.
  • Metaverse is going to be a combination of virtual and augmented reality.
  • Where people or we can say users can do anything possible in a virtual world.
  • In this blog, we are going to cover-
    • Virtual Reality
    • Augmented Reality
    • Metaverse Features
    • Challenges
    • References
    • Conclusion

What are AR(Augmented Reality) and VR(Virtual Reality)?

Augmented Reality

  • Augmented reality is looking at the real world with the addition of external information such as a graphic or any animation.
  • AR is like placing a virtual object in our physical world and then interacting with it.
  • AR is very popular these days on Instagram, where people add many animations to their real world.
  • Pokemon Go is also an example of Augmented reality where we see pokemon in our real-world using mobile phones or tablets.
Source: https://www.instagram.com/p/CUf6ZP2A1J-/
  • The popularity and success of Pokemon GO open up the gates for Augmented Reality and created a buzz around the world for AR.
https://www.instagram.com/p/CXtlbc6hTLW/
  • These are some of the popular AR filters used in Instagram as per Spark Creators.

Virtual Reality

  • Virtual Reality or VR is a completely virtual environment where we can see, feel and have a 360-degree look.
  • Not only we can view the virtual world, but also we can move and make changes.
  • That is we can interact with the virtual world.
  • Interaction is done with the help of VR devices such as VR headsets.
VR Headset
  • Virtual Reality is generally used for –
    • Video Games or Entertainment purposes
    • Education or Training
    • Virtual Meetings
VR Used for Education
VR Used for Office Meetings
VR Used for Entertainment

Metaverse future

  • Facebook now known as Meta, is doing a huge investment in Metaverse.
  • Not only that they have renamed facebook to Meta so that it can co-relate to the metaverse.
  • The main focus of metaverse for meta(Facebook) is to make the social connection more realistic through the use of metaverse.
  • Meta(Facebook) main objectives for Metaverse-
    • Entertainment
    • Social Connection
    • Gaming
    • Exercise
    • Work better and do more
    • Education
    • Commerce
    • Devices that can be easy to use
    • Improving the Virtual Experience
  • As we all know Facebook revolutionized social media and boom the internet for social connections.
  • Similar to that Meta(Facebook) is now trying to do with the Metaverse.
  • Meta is now trying to make the metaverse available to everyone and in the best possible way.
  • From allowing users to have their own space with the capability of adding, removing, blocking, and taking breaks from people or users.
  • This is something similar to Facebook, but in a virtual world, where you can see and feel things in relaity.
  • We can also bring the things from real-world to our virtual world something like what we do in augmented reality.
  • What Meta is planning to have a unique avatar for every user in the metaverse that can be customized.
Mark Zukerberg showing his avatar in the metaverse facebook connect 2021
  • With every user having their own avatar, each one can interact with each other and socialize them in this virtual world.
Metaverse socialisation
metaverse socialization showed by Mark Zukerberg in the metaverse facebook connect 2021
metaverse AR shown by Mark Zukerberg in the metaverse facebook connect 2021
metaverse AR shown by Mark Zukerberg in the metaverse facebook connect 2021
  • Meta is also planning to give solo ownership of the things in the metaverse to the users.
  • This will remove the scenario where platforms will be owning the things or objects in a metaverse.
  • Meta is looking to make every object appear in metaverse through AR so that every object can be indexed.
  • It will then help to interact and find anything through various AI algorithms.
  • So we can say that meta is trying to make a completely new spectacular virtual world, where everything can be possible.

Challenges for Metaverse

  • The biggest challenge for metaverse is to have the animation close to relaity.
  • Current graphics requires a lot of improvement.
  • Security concern is also one of the most important challenges for Meta.
  • Previously Facebook has faced many problems regarding privacy concerns, so it will be a very tough challenge for them.
  • Currently, VR devices are very heavy, and it becomes hectic after a few hours of use.
  • Making a comfortable device for using the Metaverse is also a big challenge.
  • Another thing is to make people use metaverse, it will be the toughest job.
  • We all remember what happened to google glasses, the hype was amazing but it failed eventually.
  • The future is beyond our imaginations let’s see what metaverse holds for us.

Conclusion

  • We can say that metaverse is something very large and developing technology.
  • It will be great to see how different companies approach it.
  • Currently, Meta(Facebook) is leading the charts by a large margin.
  • We can say that the future is very much dependent on Meta(Facebook) how they are going to introduce it.
  • Already Meta has started adding people to its metaverse and trying different features on it.
  • The most important thing is to see how people are going to react to it, whether they are going to like it or not.

References

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