What is the Metaverse?

 

What is the Metaverse?


What is the Metaverse?


The metaverse (sometimes called the networked metaverse or collective virtual shared space) is an interactive, immersive, virtual reality world with many of the same characteristics as online social networks or multiplayer online games (Massive Multiplayer Online Games). It’s a single, shared environment where everyone can come together to work, learn, play, and even meet new people. But what exactly is the metaverse? How does it work? And how can you participate in this new frontier of social networking and gaming?


What Is Metaverse Technology?

The Internet we know today can be a little hard to understand. In fact, imagine if The Matrix had a baby with Minority Report and that was combined with The Terminator and you might get an idea of what's going on right now. It all started when virtual reality became something that seemed to actually exist and not just in sci-fi movies - but it wasn't always easy to believe back then. Now, however, you can buy an Oculus Rift headset or a Samsung Gear VR (depending on your phone) for less than $400 and begin using it almost immediately. And once you start using it... well, let's just say you'll be spoiled for life by a new way of experiencing entertainment. All thanks to metaverse technology. What is metaverse technology?


How Will the Metaverse Work?

Imagine an interconnected network of virtual worlds, all of which exist and interact independently while sharing a single economy. That's what you get with The Metaverse, a term coined by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 science fiction novel, Snow Crash. But what exactly is metaverse technology, and how will it work? To start with, let's consider why we'd want to have such a thing. The concept isn't so far-fetched as it may seem.


How Will We Move Around in the Metaverse?

People will be able to fly, teleport, or use self-driving cars to get around. The virtual environment could be easily modified and improved by designers who are far from central points of power. Given these advantages, it’s reasonable to assume that as soon as something close to perfect virtual reality becomes available—probably in a few decades—most people will choose to spend most of their time in these new synthetic worlds. So what do you think: Will we ever have an opportunity like that again? To start over and build something new together? Is now a good time for us to start working on creating a better version of our world while we still can?


How Will We Interact with Objects in The Metaverse?

There are so many reasons to be excited about VR and The Metaverse. But one of my favorites is what it will mean for how we interact with objects, places, and people in virtual reality. I think we’ll look back on these early days as being like 1993 when most users only interacted with a computer using a keyboard and mouse. We know now that there are much more intuitive ways to interact with computers (and eventually even other humans). We have touch screens, speech recognition software, eye tracking technology, etc. These technologies have been around for years but they’re just starting to make their way into mainstream use because of hardware limitations. Today you can get an iPhone 6s or Samsung Galaxy S6 that has all sorts of new sensors built-in – motion sensors, gyroscopes, accelerometers, light sensors – that make interacting with your phone feel much more natural than ever before. In fact you probably wouldn’t want to go back to typing on a tiny little keyboard after having used your phone for awhile!


What Can You Do in The Metaverse (So Far)?

Before you can truly understand what the metaverse will become, it’s important to figure out what it is. If we look at some of today’s virtual reality and augmented reality technologies, like Oculus Rift and Google Glass, we can get a rough idea of what people mean when they say metaverse. For example, one of Google Glass’ main uses is helping users take pictures and record videos from their point-of-view; it essentially creates a camera that you can always see through . The metaverse allows us to explore virtual spaces that were previously impossible to visit or create in real life.


Conclusion – The Future of VR and The Metaverse

The metaverse of Ready Player One, Philip Rosedale’s virtual world called Second Life, and other sci-fi virtual reality concepts are finally in our grasp. It may sound crazy now, but it won’t be long before we can wander around with friends and strangers in a digital landscape that will open up new avenues for education, entertainment, business, socializing...and all manner of virtual mischief. This is what VR offers.

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