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Previewing the Metaverse and the Future of AR

Just like we are no longer locked out of careers or education opportunities because of the ever-virtualizing world, we are going to have more meaningful ways of connecting with other humans because of the improvements that tech is making in that field. Artificial intelligence (AI) will provide us with more customized virtual worlds to explore, even giving us lifelike virtual characters with which to share our experiences. At the same time, the devices we use to access these virtual worlds will get cheaper and lighter, eliminating the friction that may be an obstacle now.

The metaverse will be shaped by the technologies we use to access it, which may include virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR), and brain-computer interfaces (BCIs). If you are hearing about the Metaverse for the first time, the Metaverse is basically a digital world that is accessible via VR, in which users can work, play, and perform many of the same activities that they perform in real life. In the coming years, it is expected that the Metaverse will mainly be experienced via virtual reality — a different, digital world that can be used for various personal and business purposes.

Advocates of augmented reality (AR) say the future metaverse will rely on the synthesis of the physical and digital worlds. There is even the advent of metaverse localization, enabling people and businesses without a common language to communicate effectively. Through the localization of the Metaverse, users will be able to communicate in their native language and have access to localized information, services, and products. This will open up new opportunities for businesses to expand into new markets.

Moving on, AR refers to adding digital elements into the real-world experience (e.g., Google Glass, Pokemon Go), whereas virtual reality implies total immersion in the simulated world. Today’s most popular VR applications involve taking full control of the user’s senses (sight and sound, especially) in order to create an entirely immersive experience, placing the user inside an entirely virtual environment that feels quite real. With virtual reality headsets such as the PC-tethered Oculus Rift, players are treated to the sensation of being inside a three-dimensional being within a highly-developed virtual environment. Virtual Worlds combines the power of 3D graphics and the Internet, giving users the opportunity to create new versions of themselves, literally, inside the VR world.

In Augmented Reality (AR), our world becomes a scaffolding in which objects, images, or similar are placed. This mixed technology makes it possible, for instance, to view virtual objects within the real world, and create experiences where the physical and the digital are virtually indistinguishable. Virtual reality (VR) allows us to immerse ourselves in video games, almost as if we were one of the characters, to learn to do heart surgery, or to enhance sports training to maximize performance.

Extended Reality (VR, AR, and BCI) technologies are emerging as a computational platform for the metaverse. This article covers five of the most exciting virtual reality tech breakthroughs, from price points to treadmills, to keep you updated about the VR world of 2021-21. Virtual reality technology is going to transform the world as we know it, and although we have seen a handful of use cases over the last couple years, the 2021 has already solidified 2021 as the Year of Virtual Reality. In this article, we are going to take a look at the latest trends within the virtual reality industry, starting with the role virtual reality (VR) plays in games and business LMSs, and how its uses are expanding into tourism and retail, and how this unique industry is shaping up going forward given the disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.