What is the metaverse? It’s a term that has been tossed around in science fiction for years, but what does it actually mean? The metaverse can be best described as a virtual reality that encompasses all of humanity. Within the metaverse, you could explore different cultures, meet new people, and even travel to other planets. While the metaverse may seem like a far-fetched idea, there are already several platforms working to create it. So, what can you do on the metaverse? Anything and everything!
1. Explore new worlds and meet interesting people
Picture what life could be like if you were suddenly able to open your eyes and see a world that is even better than what we can currently comprehend.
Imagine what it would feel like to visit another planet, walk the surface of Mars, or go swimming in Jupiter’s oceans – all from miles away! The future of virtual reality (VR) technology is here and it’s nothing like what we’ve seen before.
Welcome to the metaverse: an immersive and interactive online digital environment made up of avatars, known as metaworlds, that will come together for one huge cyberspace experience where imagination rules over all else. With VR hardware such as Oculus Rift , HTC Vive , Microsoft HoloLens and others allowing people to take full advantage of what the metaverse has to offer, soon we’d be able to explore these environments as easily as going online today.
Can you imagine what a 3D social network that allowed people to create their own avatar, customizing everything from what they look like to what kind of personality they have, would be like? Well, consider the idea of VR chat rooms gone up about 12 notches! In VR chat rooms you could fly around and explore what you want as an avatar – no limitations here. If you wanted a great view for fireworks on New Year’s Eve you can get it or if you want to visit Angkor Wat in Cambodia – this is all possible. Even with our current technologies there are ways for us to experience what the metaverse will be like.
VRchat is one such example of what developers are creating to allow people to experience what it means to step inside cyberspace. It’s a free-to-play social VR platform that allows anyone with an Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and the like to create their own avatars and interact with others in real time. Explore and chat as much as you want – all from your VR headset!
Not only can we expect incredible experiences for what we’ve seen already but what about VR meeting rooms where we could meet new friends or go into virtual classrooms? The possibilities are endless when it comes to what these worlds will look like as time goes on…
…But what about those who don’t have access to such headsets? We shouldn’t forget what it means to experience the metaverse without having to wear a VR headset. Many developers are taking note and creating what’s known as WebXR – what this does is allow us to explore immersive worlds without having to wear a headset at all!
…Before we know it we’ll be able to step inside what could become an online utopia, where games have no limits, people don’t have to worry about being attacked or feeling judged because of what they look like. It will be up to each individual what kind of world they want their avatar in but this definitely opens up doors for everyone. Once everything goes mainstream, what would you create?
2. Shop for clothes, furniture, and other items without leaving your house
Today’s teenagers have a lot more options available to them than what has been available in decades past. Most notably, because of the creation of the internet and the introduction of social media, kids today have it a lot easier.
For example, if you have ever bought clothes or furniture from a store, then going to your favorite retailer’s website is typically much easier. You can use metaverse browsers like Google Glass and Oculus Rift to see what the products look like in real life before purchasing them. You can also interact with others who are buying different items that are complementary to what you’re considering buying. This way, you don’t even have to leave your couch!
Of course, this my not be appropriate for all situations. For example, what if you want to buy a new car? It would be very difficult to test out what it feels like to sit in a different make or model. This is where video games come into play. When you purchase a car from the dealership, your favorite arcade racer will have that exact car on the track.
In fact, there are even multiplayer racing games that allow players to race their custom-made vehicles against other players’ creations!
I really think that this trend of “virtual shopping” is going to continue as technology improves and virtual reality becomes more immersive. What do you think? Post your comments below.
3. Play games with friends or strangers from around the world
The metaverse is a virtual reality that is creating an interconnected digital world. Soon, the metaverse will be what we use to connect with people who share similar interests and what we do in our free time.
Metaverse is a term used to define what will be the web of virtual reality. It’s what we want Facebook to be for VR, but there are a few exceptions. One being that you can’t login with your Facebook account and it has a completely different platform.
Another being that Metaverse offers what most social media sites have, but also an entire world where one can immerse themselves in digital reality. You’ll basically have what Second Life tried to be back then, but better graphics and overall experience. Metaverse wants to give us what Second Life wanted to do, while keeping what Facebook currently does best.
The metaverse is what will be what happens when social media becomes virtual reality. It’s what Second Life wanted to do, but better graphics and more user interaction.
Metaverse is what makes you feel that you are in a virtual world with people around the globe. You won’t have to wonder what your friends are doing because you’ll be able to see it through their avatars’ activities.
You can meet new people with similar interests, learn something new from someone who has done what you’re trying to accomplish or go on an adventure in which thousands of others are also participating! Metaverse is what many sci-fi books have talked about, but now it’s finally becoming real.”
Metaverse wants to bring to life what sci-fi novels have been talking about for decades. It’s what Facebook wanted to be when it first came out, but with a virtual reality twist. Metaverse aims to give us what Second Life tried giving us years ago, but better graphics and user interaction.
You can meet new people with similar interests, learn something new from someone who has done what you’re trying to accomplish or go on an adventure in which thousands of others are also participating! Metaverse is what will happen when social media becomes virtual reality.”
4. Watch movies or TV shows with others in a virtual cinema
Watch movies or TV shows with others in a virtual cinema
Computer, cell phone and tablet screens are everywhere these days. The Internet allows you to watch what you want at any time of day. But what if watching online just isn’t enough? What if what you really want is to see the movie theatre experience without actually going to the movies?
Thanks to advances in technology, there’s no need for this problem to exist. There’s an easy solution: virtual reality (VR). VR creates an interactive digital world using three-dimensional graphics and sound that users can immerse themselves into while wearing a head-mounted display; known as “headsets,” these devices completely cover users’ eyes and ears and block outside stimuli, creating what some call “a mental presence in the virtual world.” VR can be achieved using Oculus Rift or Google Cardboard.
With VR, what was once confined to movie theatres and TVs is now available to anyone with a headset and access to downloaded content. This opens up new possibilities for business owners who operate theatre-style venues, such as movie theaters . It also means that people can watch what they want, when they want it without leaving their homes (or even their beds).
VR cinema technology came about recently because of the growing popularity of video games like Minecraft. Because many gamers play Minecraft on personal devices , popular multiplayer servers realized that allowing players to wear headphones would help immerse them into the game; what better way to make this immersive experience even more real than with a head-mounted display?
After this realization, some popular Minecraft servers began using Google Cardboard to create what they call “cinemas.” However, these are not what most people would consider traditional cinemas. Instead of watching movies on a big screen by themselves, users simply stare at the ground until they find what they’re looking for. Most of these players have to travel across vast kingdoms that take hours of play time just to reach the nearest cinema. And even then, what lies before them isn’t much better: often times it’s blurry projections on uneven surfaces or pixelated screens . Such poor experiences are no way to watch your favorite film , so why bother?
5. Attend concerts, lectures, and other events without having to leave home
The internet is a wonderful and powerful thing. Through it people can communicate, play games, and learn about what interests them all from the comfort of their own home. There is one limitation that plagues online media: immersion. Computer screens do not come close to conveying what it feels like to be at an event such as a concert, lecture, or other public performance (the author’s example). However, now there exists technology that allows you to experience life-changing events without ever leaving your room. That piece of technology is known as the metaverse.
What exactly is the metaverse? The world wide web, or what many people call “the internet”, is what’s considered to be a small-scale version of the metaverse. The metaverse is what our future holds for us in terms of accessible virtual reality. For those unfamiliar with what virtual reality (VR) technology currently entails (such as goggles and gloves), it might seem like science fiction; however, that couldn’t be further from the truth. There are several companies currently trying to make VR accessible to everyone by creating affordable headsets through which users can visit real Mars locations, play immersive games like chess against friends across the globe, and attend concerts they otherwise would not have been able to.
6. Learn new skills or improve old ones in virtual classrooms
A virtual classroom, or a 3D web meeting, is what it sounds like. The whole course takes place inside a virtual space, usually represented by a grid of tiles, with each tile representing a computer/a person. There are many different classes you can take in the metaverse which range from several courses per subject to classes for really advanced stuff such as how to program.
Some of the most popular subjects in the metaverse include: art, designing worlds and builds (this includes World Building 101), role-playing pre-scripted conversations similar to what you may see on Omegle , programming (with languages including Minecraft’s own coding language called “Redstone”, LUA Scripting, HTML/CSS/JS), writing books together, and what can only be described as a mixture betwixt “Human Anatomy” and what you learned in that class, called “Avatar Anatomy.”
If you are into art or designing, there are also several classes for those subjects as well. Art usually involves design of builds/worlds, but may include drawing classes as well. The best part about it is that these types of classes can happen either inside a virtual world or on your computer using the Internet to connect the two spaces together.