This is a breakdown of the Metaverse 101 session by Sai Krishna V on The Product House web3 Community. Sai is an Advisor to Polygon and Founder of Scapic, a Virtual & Augmented Reality No-Code platform, acquired by Flipkart. This post is written in a Twitter-friendly way, Enjoy.
For most people, the Metaverse is some hi-tech, outlandish concept difficult to understand. In reality (or should I say virtual reality 😎), the Metaverse is not that complicated.
“The Metaverse is a massively scaled & interoperable network of real-time rendered 3D virtual worlds experienced synchronously by users with an individual sense of presence, and with data like identity, history, entitlements, objects, communications, and payments” — @ballmatthew
To put it simply: The Metaverse is an interconnected 3D Virtual 🌎 where we can live, interact, connect, shop, work, and have fun. It is the next stage in the evolution of the Internet as we know it.
How is the Metaverse different from the Internet?
📠On the Internet, there are links and content. In the Metaverse, YOU are an active participant, not a passive spectator.
📱You use Mobile Phones/Desktops to access the Internet. The Metaverse is best experienced on VR Headsets
Let’s understand the 7 layers that make the Metaverse.
Why aren’t you experiencing this on the Metaverse today? Because the layers are still WIP. It will take some time till the Metaverse becomes mainstream.
⚒️Layer 1: Infrastructure.
The Raw Computing and Connectivity Solution to process and render the massive life-like Worlds in 3D is still being built. Today’s GPUs have to scale by an order of magnitude to keep up.
The Processing has to happen on the Server and then streamed to wearable Devices. Here’s where fast 5G, 6G, and WiFi6 will help enable the sheer Bandwidth required to stream into VR and AR.
👓Layer 2: Human Interface.
How will we make this vast Information permeable in our day-to-day life? Smart Glasses/Headsets could be our best answer yet.
VR will help transport us into a different reality whereas AR will give more information about our current surroundings. Haptics and Gesture-Based Computing will transform the way we interact with the digital world.
☘️Layer 3: Decentralization.
Edge computing is a distributed computing paradigm that brings computation and data storage closer to the sources of data. Edge Computing will enable us to process the Information locally and then stream it to wearable devices.
Multiple companies will be able to create their own 3D worlds and your avatar will be able to seamlessly traverse across realms (provided there is a common protocol that is agreed, like HTML for web2). Money becomes Tokens; Ownable things become NFTs in the Metaverse.
📹Layer 4: Spatial Computing.
Geospatial Mapping, not unlike what Google is doing for Maps, will create a realistic Metaverse. Imagine an Ad Blocker for the 3D Ads on a Virtual Billboard.🤯Powerful 3D Engines will be required to compute and create a Virtual World that feels real.
✍️Layer 5: Creator Economy.
Since the Metaverse is 3D, the Digital Assets making up this 3D world will have to be built. There is a huge opportunity for new Design Tools, Workflows & Markets for 3D Assets. Hustlers are building and marketing Metaverse ready Artefacts (NFTs)
🔎Layer 6: Discovery.
How will you discover new things in the Metaverse? Through Socials, Curation, Feedback and Ratings just like in web2. Virtual Stores will sell shiny 3D Assets. This is how content will surface that users can consume.
😍Layer 7: Experience.
The most important aspect of the Metaverse. Above all, the Metaverse should be fun. Games should be AAA & engaging. The Concerts that your virtual avatars will enjoy and the NFTs that you will showcase in your virtual home should be of first-class quality.
What can you do in the Metaverse? You can buy a virtual🏠, take a course, create & accessorize your avatar🕺🏽, chat, find & meet your tribe🧑🏾🤝🧑🏻, collaborate and work on projects🛠️, visit a museum or a concert or even get married!
What is the Metaverse being built on? Cool Tech like Crypto & Blockchain? Yes. There’s Movement of Cloud to Edge Computing. We are in the primitive stages of an advanced tech revolution that is waiting to happen.
🎮Gaming plays a crucial role in the metaverse. Gaming boosts community engagement. There are Play to Earn Games live already. Businesses can make Game Revenue through Subscriptions, Advertising and NFTs. 👩🏫Learning will become more immersive, interactive and more social.
This was my fav quote from the session- “The Metaverse is both fluidic in the definition and scary in the vision because of how much work it is going to take but also exciting because there are a lot of problems to be solved and opportunities to build something” — @5aitec