Chula Engineering is launching a short course for the public “Metaverse Technology and Applications” to expand the learning framework, and keep people aware of technological changes to meet the future needs of Thai society.
Nowadays, technology is open to everyone to re-skill and develop their skills for life. Whatever you want to do, even if it is “world building”, you can learn and try to achieve, with a short course such as “Metaverse Technology and its Applications” at the College of Engineering, Chulalongkorn University. Applications are now open to the general public.
“Currently, the technology is ready to take us into the entire Metaverse, but what is not ready is the ‘virtual world creator’, and we need a massive amount of manpower to create the Metaverse and change it for the better.” Associate Professor Dr. Gridsada PhanomchoengChula, Professor of Engineering, discusses the objectives of the course and reassures interested parties that “Anyone can createmetaverse
What is Metaverse?
Metaverse is well known and has been widely talked about ever since Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Metaverse as a platform for creating virtual worlds. But the Metaverse isn’t new, Assoc. Says Prof. Dr. Gridsada.
“We live with technology almost all the time. Whether you are at work, chatting with friends on social media, or playing games, we are now in a completely different world. Likewise, while we are chatting with friends, streaming live, or doing With various other things on “Facebook” which is also the Metaverse, we live in a different world.”
assistant. Prof. Dr. Gridsada defines “Metaverse” simply as:
- People can spend a long time in it.
- It makes them happy.
- People can interact with others.
- There is no need for 3D graphics. It’s okay with 2D photos or no photos at all.
Why is the Metaverse important?
In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve seen the adoption of technology to make life easier in the new normal, whether it’s telemedicine, online teaching, webinars, or the Metaverse – another way to connect people in a world of diversity.
In the Metaverse, you can visit museums and get a closer look at paintings by world-class artists without having to board a plane or worry about museum opening hours. The Metaverse expands our learning horizons, whether it’s cooking classes, virtual operating room classes, or (virtual) trips to the forest to learn about the ecosystem.
According to Dr. Gridsada, “In the field of teaching, the Metaverse removes many limitations, be it infectious disease risks, flight duration, and equipment cost. Things that are difficult to see in reality are easily seen in the virtual world.”
Although the Metaverse now allows people to interact in ways that are close to meeting face-to-face or going places, it’s still just a “virtual” experience.
“Researchers are still working on making the Metaverse experience closer to reality, and many technologies, such as the Oculus VR headset, gloves, and controllers now make the virtual reality experience very realistic. I think in the future, the Metaverse experience may be better than reality,” says Dr. Gridsada. , adding that there are still many stories in the world waiting for Metaverse technology to enhance and enrich life experiences and learning.
How do you make the Metaverse?
Dr. Gridsada demonstrates the content of “Metaverse Technology and Its Applications” in which learners can create a Metaverse by dividing the contents and processes into 3 parts:
Create a form
Once you find a Metaverse theme, the first thing you need to do is create a template. This course will teach you how to create a 3D model using Blender. It is a free, open source software that can create good models and animations.
Collect models in the world
By putting all the models you’ve created into an app with Unity, they can now become a scientist.
Connect the world to a device
Once you’ve created a world, you’ll need to connect your world to your Oculus VR headset (the device used in this course) giving you access to the world you’ve created.
Anyone can create a Metaverse
Over the course of 30 hours, students of the “Metaverse Technology and Its Applications” course will be able to gain basic knowledge of building their own Metaverse.
“Regardless of professional or coding backgrounds, this course will help learners create at least one Metaverse of their own to apply to their interests. They will also earn a Certificate of Completion.” Dr. Gridsada said confidently.
“We have one class of 25 alumni, all of them have done well creating their Metaverse, and most of them said it wasn’t difficult at all,” Dr. Gridsada concluded.
Those interested in taking the “Metaverse Technology and Its Applications” course can get details of openings and find other courses from Chula Engineering for them to “reskill” and “upgrade skills” at Chula Engineering Lifelong Learning Program Website.
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