The Last Week - Special Edition vol 1

FB rebrands to Meta

The Last Week - Special Edition vol 1

What is the metaverse? Retail of the future

To focus on the future of the social network, the Metaverse. Facebook rebranded itself as Meta.
The Metaverse is an extension of the 2D internet into 3D virtual space via Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR).



The future of work with VR Horizon homeworlds - workrooms

Mark Zuckerberg introduced the Horizon platform for a connected VR experience. Enabling us to use 2D apps in a 3D world.
This platform will let you create your avatar and interact with friends, family, and even co-workers.
Horizon Workrooms will let you customise your workspace and collaborate with colleagues.


Learning through VR

The Metaverse will enable learning for students of all age groups. With its interactive 3D elements the students can zoom in/out, move, hold, play with the entire scene and its elements.
Meta will be investing $150 million to train the next generation of creators.

Gaming in the metaverse

Gaming in the metaverse is going to span from VR to AR.  You’ll be able to play with players from around the world.
Meta will be collaborating with various gaming companies to create VR games. GTA San Andreas is in development for Quest 2.


E-commerce in VR

Ecommerce in particular is fundamentally different in this new interactive metaverse. It seamlessly blends the best of in-store and online shopping. Metaverse will provide a way for many creators to possibly build a business. New types of ownership models and entitlements ensure people feel great about owning something. It will make it easier for them to sell limited edition digital objects like NFTs.
Businesses can sell digital spaces, goods, and experiences.


What else is new in AR and VR?

To make people feel connected in the metaverse the Presence Platform enables various SDKs namely interaction SDK, voice SDK, pass-through SDK, which lets you interact with the virtual world with ease.
An iPhone app, codename Polar, allows users to create and share AR effects with ease.



Project Cambria & Project Nazare

In the all-new Project Cambria, advanced sensors in the device will allow your virtual avatar to maintain eye contact and reflect your facial expressions.
The high-end device is at a higher price point, packed with all the latest advanced technologies
Project Nazare is the code name for the first full augmented reality glasses, which is still under development.



Current progress of research in various fields

It will take a lot of research and more than a dozen breakthroughs in building better Metaverse experiences.  
There has been a great development in Codec Avatars, making them more realistic or stylised and expressive.
There has been immense development in cloth simulation as well. Making it flow more realistically.

Again, a great amount of research has been done in real-time rendering of real spaces into almost realistic 3D spaces.
There has been immense progress in full-body Codec Avatars.  In the image below, the man on the left is actually a pre-rendered Codec Avatar that can partially move in various directions.  It can even have realistic facial expressions for better connectivity between users. 



EMG sensors paving the way

Meta will rely on EMGs, on your wrist combined with contextualized AI for an easier and more intuitive way of interacting with virtual content. Wrist-based neural interfaces, such as EMGs (Electromyography) will not only allow click, scroll but will enable full-speed typing and subtle personalized controls.


Project Aria

Developing a supporting AI  is equally important for better interaction.  Project Aria is currently under development. It is an Intuitive AI that assesses objects of interest and offers assistance accordingly.


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