The Metaverse is a visual network of virtual environments where people can interact via their avatars.
If online multiplayer video games are combined with immersive virtual reality and high-speed internet, we can begin to understand the Metaverse.
The metaverse has been in the science fiction realm for ages, but it is only now that Big Tech envisions it as the future internet, with companies like Facebook wanting to set up an immersive, 3D/virtual ecosystem for people to work, play, study and shop.
MORE IDEAS FROM The metaverse: From science fiction to virtual reality
Presence: the feeling of actually being in a(virtual) space, typically using head-mounted displays.
Interoperability: The ability to seamlessly switch, travel and move between the virtual spaces, just like a single login works on different websites.
Standardization: Any new technology requires common standards, which are open and affordable, something that is essential for widespread usage.
The Theater and its Double was a 1938 book by French playwright Antonin Artaud, the first-ever record of the word ‘virtual reality. A reality that was both illusionary and fictitious.
The 1950s saw inventor Morton Helig working on a projection booth with 3D images and sound, a moving seat and smells/sensations of the road to give an impression that the person on the seat was riding a motorcycle, trying to give the first taste of virtual reality. It never went into production.
Many technologies are no longer part of the imagination thanks to the world of science fiction.
Some of the creative inventions featured in movies like "Back to the Future" and "Total Recall" are at the forefront of modern technology.
Augmented reality (AR) is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information, sometimes across multiple sensory modalities, including: visual, auditory, haptic, somatosensory and olfactory.
Augmented reality (AR) incorporates three basic features a combination of real and virtual worlds, real-time interaction, and accurate 3D registration of virtual and real objects.
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