Get ready for the metaverse

Get ready for the metaverse

Will we see metaverse growth similar to the World Wide Web in the 1990s? One source He explains that there were less than 3,000 websites in 1994, but only five years later, there were more than 3 million, and having an “on the web” was essential for many businesses.

The growth of the Internet in the 1990s was driven by rapid technological changes, increasing customer expectations, and evolving business models, among other factors. It required a drastic transformation of IT functions, and over the past two decades, nearly all businesses have needed software development, integration, data, analytics, customer experience, automation, and e-commerce capabilities to remain fulfilling.

The question is, what companies would require a similar transformation to support the metaverse? Which you will need to make use of basic techniques such as Augmented Reality, Virtual Realityand non-fungible tokens (NFTs)? And what is the time frame?

If you own a cloud, tech company, or have a large-scale e-commerce or entertainment business, you likely already have teams to build or create the technologies needed for metaverse. But even industries that are slower to adopt new technologies, including health care, manufacturing, construction or education, will have to consider their strategies and timing to be ready to tackle.

This begs the question of what technologies will help companies prepare to support the metaverse. The choices depend on the goals of the business. Many technology, e-commerce, entertainment, and industrial companies will build the infrastructure and expertise to support the metaverse and will need infrastructure, user hardware, software, and an AI stack to achieve these goals. Others will be content creators or involved in one or more metaverses and will need flexible content, business strategies and data.

Scalable infrastructure and networks

Organizations developing metaverse technology and platforms must consider infrastructure and network performance, scalability, and security requirements. For example, 4K VR streaming requires a file Download speed 500 Mbps, and metaverse services will need to scale their networks to support the number of active users. Industrial and other applications that affect human safety should consider latency factors.

How can a business plan for this scale? Ram Mallikarjuna, Chief Strategist at Akamai, says, “Distributed platforms with cutting edge computing technology and highly secure will be an urgent need for companies looking to take advantage of metaverses, as edge already plays a role in processing and delivering high rates of personalized content in real time with extremely slow response time. “.

Nader Ali, CEO of Inpixon, agrees, and adds, “The capabilities of hardware-centric, cutting-edge computing that do not depend on on-premises or cloud servers will make it possible to create new applications in the metaverse. Another example is technology that enables wireless connectivity. The infrastructure will be wired networks High-bandwidth, high-speed, secure wireless is essential for many metaverse applications.”

AR, VR and Emerging Devices

The metaverse is synonymous with AR and VR experiences. But any devices that connect the physical and digital worlds with sensory inputs and visual outputs are possibilities. Other technologies include Finger visual navigationAnd the hours for metaverse, and others wearable fashion.

The new devices will require advances in software, data processing, and machine learning to improve visual, auditory, and physical sensory inputs.

“The metaverse presents an opportunity to fully transcend our physical limits,” says Anand Srivatsa, CEO of Tobii. “Technologies such as eye tracking will play an important role in helping reduce the need for computing power and networking, required to deliver realistic and immersive virtual environments. Eye tracking will also help users express their attention and intent in more realistic ways when they are in the digital world.”

Ofir Zuk, co-founder and CEO of Datagen, adds, “With AR/VR as a foundational medium, most of the innovations we will see in the metaverse will come from the field of computer vision. It will rely on large amounts of realistic and targeted training data.”

Therefore, developing apps and content for the metaverse will require reviewing AR, VR, and other emerging hardware technologies and going beyond existing web and mobile experiences.

Powerful data hardware and integration capabilities

If human digital devices enable the experience, and the infrastructure supports interaction at scale, then how realistic the experience is for users is the fundamental and distinctive innovation.

To get started, organizations will need powerful computer capabilities, and machine learning models will likely require the generation of synthetic data. Zuk continues, “Companies looking to make waves in the metaverse typically begin by building a solid data pipeline — with synthetic data as a primary resource driving the development lifecycle.”

Bart Shaw, Senior Missionary at Software AG, agrees. “This year and beyond, leaders will begin to realize the value of the metaverse, but first, they must invest in real-time data ingestion and analysis now, both of which are paramount to the success and overall accuracy of the metaverse.”

Create metaverses and engaging virtual worlds

With the arrival of data, developers, data scientists, and user experience specialists must create a virtual world that captivates users.

Remember the early web experiences before CSS and JavaScript? Although the video games, Hollywood, and entertainment industries have generations of experience using technology to create experiences, developing highly interactive and scalable worlds requires constant innovation.

Virtual experiences to support office collaboration They may not require the same level of sophistication as entertainment but may be more important for long-term hybrid work programmes. Virtual conferences and higher education standards have more user experience complexities and are likely to evolve rapidly over the next few years. Companies like Gather, Teamflow, Virbela, etc. compete in Virtual office technologies space, and they certainly see competition from Microsoft, Google, Facebook, Apple, Zoom and other big tech companies.

Manufacturing, construction, smart city, etc. industrial applications Of the metaverse technologies, they may be the most technically challenging, but they offer great opportunities. These metaverses will require real-time IoT data streams, digital twins, and advanced machine learning models to connect virtual and physical systems.

Gopikrishnan Konnanath, Senior Vice President of Infosys and Global Head of Engineering Services and Blockchain, says, “As the environment that collects and disseminates data from the physical world to represent it in the virtual world, the Internet of Things is the backbone that connects the two worlds. Developers must understand the Internet ecosystem. Objects for connected objects and how it captures data to create “reality-like” sensations – visual, auditory, and experiential – in metavertical avatars.”

Shaw adds that “metaverse applications can be transformative for the enterprise, particularly with the Internet of Things and digital twins that are digital representations of real-world entities.”

Cryptocurrencies, NFTs, and blockchain

Virtual worlds will need to support identity resolution, financial transactions, smart contracts, and material ownership. This is where cryptocurrencies and non-fungible tokens come in (NFTs), and blockchain are the main technologies.

More broadly, Jan Kettlers, Venly’s chief marketing officer, has identified several of them Web Technologies 3.0including the creation of decentralized autonomous organizations (DAOs), Web3 profiles, and the importance of social platforms. “Every company will need either a centralized or decentralized wallet provider and an NFT strategy,” he says.

That’s a lot of technical terms, but these technologies are key for the retail industries to create storefronts and other trusted commerce in virtual worlds.

Both the metaverse and NFTs are already providing revolutionary capabilities to content creators, arts and other intellectual property distribution. “Technology embedded in the metaverse encourages experimentation in areas such as finance, production, distribution, and the exploitation of corporate branded content,” says Jeremy Howell, Vice President of Strategic Accounts at Rightsline. “While the metaverse will mimic aspects of the physical world, companies will shine by driving innovation and using New Share Points.

Managing multiple metaverses

There is virtually one Internet although multiple devices, browsers, programming languages, data formats, and other technologies create challenges for interoperability. We’re unlikely to see a single, unanimous “metaverse”, but hopefully we won’t end up with confined worlds and experiences.

Mallikarjuna believes that “businesses need to be prepared to provide a seamless consumer experience across many scales, not just the ‘metaverse’.”

That’s pretty much how the video game worlds operate today. For the most part, you can’t transmit your video game avatar and gaming wealth across competing game worlds, but for the metaverse to be widely adopted will require creating standards across many technologies.

The question is, how will companies choose to invest in metaverse technologies as so many platforms continue to evolve?

Prasad Joshi, Senior Vice President, Infosys Center for Emerging Technology Solutions, says, “Businesses need to adopt augmented reality, virtual reality and artificial intelligence/machine learning technologies, along with robust 5G networks into their corporate operations, which will enable them to create more complex metaverse experiences and be more productive. higher. “

Some institutions will invest in data hardware, while others will test cryptocurrency and NFT. The good news is that technologists will have plenty of opportunities to experiment, innovate, and apply using metaverse and Web 3.0 technologies.

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