What is Metaverse? Explanation, How it Works, and Examples

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what is metaverse

Metaverse is a topic that is currently popular in almost all circles. Not only technology activists, economic and business activists are also busy discussing this technological breakthrough.

Popularity metaverse immediately rose drastically after Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook CEO) announced a name change at his company to Meta Platforms, Inc. With the popularity that is owned by Mark Zuckerberg, as well as with the inclusion of Facebook in the category of the largest social media in the world.

Not only do rebranding in terms of name only, metaverse very synonymous with various futuristic ideas.

The virtual world is no longer just a dream, but can become a reality. Then, what is it metaverse? In this article, you will find a complete explanation of metaversehow it works, and examples.

What is Metaverse?

metaverse

Metaverse is a virtual world that allows users to connect with each other, communicate, work, play, and transact like in the real world. Term metaverse basically until now no one has defined it for sure.

Simply, metaverse is a virtual world concept that can be owned and filled with various objects and activities like the real world. This concept is a combination of several technological elements, including virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR).

The term metaverse itself was introduced by Neal Stephenson, a novelist, through his book Snow Crash in 1992.

Quoted from the official Meta website, metaverse focused on helping people connect, find community, and grow businesses virtually. Metaverse allows users to perform various activities virtually with other users.

One example of popular activities in metaverse is Justin Bieber’s concert in 2021. As technology develops, all activities that exist in the real world can later be done on the metaverse.

How Metaverse Works

Ways of working metaverse basically almost the same as in the real world. Users are required to enter the virtual world first by using technology that supports AR and VR.

For now, the device required to enter metaverse is a VR headset like the Oculus. After entering the virtual world, users can perform various activities on the metaverse just like in the real world.

In addition to using a VR headset, users are also required to have internet access and certain additional requirements for a collection of certain NFT artworks.

Things to do in the Metaverse

Metaverse present as a virtual world by providing various activities that can be done by its users.

Here are some examples of activities you can do at metaverse.

Virtual concert

Watching concerts virtually is one of the activities that you can do at metaverse. The concept used in this virtual concert is almost the same as a live concert. With the help of technology, users will be able to experience an impressive virtual concert atmosphere.

Playing games

play games in metaverse

For the gamers, metaverse could be a fun future platform of choice. In the metaverse, users can enjoy the game world like the real world. You can play games like in movies Ready Player One, fun isn’t it?

Based on information from the Meta site, here are some games that already support technology virtual reality:

Discuss with co-workers

horizon workrooms - work virtually in the metaverse

Well, this is what most business people have been waiting for. Doing work online with the same experience as working in an office. This will be realized with the presence of metaverse.

In August 2021, Meta introduced Horizon Workrooms. Horizon Workrooms are workspaces using technology virtual reality. So that Horizon Workrooms users can connect with other users, and can collaborate and create in new ways that have never existed before.

In the virtual space provided by Horizon Workrooms, users can not only meet online. But you can also experience joining in person in a virtual office metaverse the. Very interesting isn’t it?

Take a trip online

With the virtual world, it is certainly not impossible to travel online. We can do this with the help of headphones and glasses that already support AR and VR technology as well as the help of a smartphone or PC.

View digital artwork and clothing

Previously, works of art such as paintings could only be seen in the real world. This time you can see the painting in a digital version. The price also varies, from thousands to billions.

Recently, the public has also been enlivened by the presence of paintings or drawings which are then referred to as digital assets and are known as NFTs.Non-Fungible Token).

You can see a collection of NFT collections on various sites marketplace such as OpenSea, Binance, SandBox, and AirNFTs. In addition to buying and selling NFT you can also buy various knick-knacks for your digital avatar.

bored ape yacht club nft

Bored Ape Yacht Club is one of the NFT collections that fall into the category best seller. One of Bored Ape’s artworks sold for IDR 350 billion in September 2021. If you have expertise in digital painting, you can also sell your work in NFT form.

Metaverse Example

Technological developments also make it possible metaverse. With the advent of artificial intelligence (AI), metaverse its growth is also unquestionable.

Here are some examples of companies that are already implementing the technology metaverse in products or other aspects of its business:

Meta

In October 2021, Mark Zuckerberg announced a name change for the company that was founded in 2004 to Meta. Meta develops various types of VR-based products, including games using VR technology and offices using VR (Horizon Workrooms) technology.

In this virtual world, users can feel the presence of other people. The hope is that users will get a unique experience that has never been obtained before.

Microsoft Metaverse

microsoft metaverse

Currently, Microsoft (the company founded by Bill Gates) is rumored to have started developing his company with the concept of metaverse. The largest software company for Windows-based operating systems is already using holograms and continues to develop its applications.

Currently, Microsoft is reportedly starting to develop its company with the concept of metaverse. The company developed by Bill Gates has used holograms for various purposes such as: online meeting and presentation.

Reportedly, the company will adapt the Windows operating system to create metaverse corporate version. Microsoft PowerPoint and Excel are also rumored to be available virtually with digital avatars.

Later, users can share files and chat in a virtual world. Application meeting Microsoft Teams is also reported to be adapting the concept metaverse to create AR and VR based experiences.

Holoportation Microsoft Metaverse

Microsoft also has Mesh, a mixed reality platform that is able to present virtual objects (holograms) that are the same as the real version, as if we were really next to various things in the hologram.

Roblox

roblox metaverse

In addition to Facebook and Microsoft, Roblox also enlivened metaverse. The game which was launched in 2006 has succeeded in developing a virtual environment by combining the metaverse concept with VR and AR technology.

Like Meta and Microsoft, Roblox users can also create a home, play, work virtually.

 

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