The future of technology is here. Virtual reality and augmented reality are slowly taking over our lives. The future of the metaverse, or a virtual world where people can interact with each other, is here. To give you a small summary of what AR and VR are and what it means to the technology space.
Virtual Reality (VR) is an interactive computer-generated experience taking place within a simulated environment. It uses a special type of headset to show images and sounds that are not really there.
Augmented Reality is very different from Virtual Reality because it overlays digital content on top of the real world instead of creating an entirely new environment that people can experience through virtual reality goggles or headsets. Facebook, Google, and Apple are all developing their own augmented reality software to be released in 2018 so we can expect a lot more AR apps in the next few years!
Virtual reality has been around since the 1990s but it never really took off until recently. It was mainly used in video games and movies to provide an immersive experience for the viewer or player. Nowadays, it’s being used in different industries like education and healthcare to provide a more hands-on experience for students and patients.
The term “metaverse” was coined by Neal Stephenson in his 1992 novel Snow Crash. The word combines the prefix “meta” (meaning “beyond”) with the word “universe” (from Greek επουρανις, meaning “orderly”). The term can be used to describe any hypothetical virtual reality system, but it is most often used to refer specifically to a 3D shared space which people can interact with using avatars.
The metaverse has been depicted as everything from an immersive chat room, where people can have real-time conversations with others, to a virtual world with more complex interactions and graphics. Neal Stephenson’s novel “Snow Crash” popularized the term metaverse and set it in the context.
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