Welcome back to AWE Talks, our series that revisits the most engaging content from AWE’s catalog of conference sessions. With a fresh batch of session footage from the recent AWE EU, there's plenty to dive into.
This week, we focus on the real-world metaverse. What is it and what will be the moving parts that need to be assembled? We hear from a panel of AR innovators about how these visions will materialize in the coming years.
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: Founder at XR Masters Avi Bar-Zeev
: Chief at RealityPrime Dave Lorenzini
: Director at Draw & Code Katherina Ufnarovskaia
: CEO at Augmented City
– Though the common metaverse vision is online 3D worlds, what about offline worlds?
– Specifically, a real-world metaverse could add digital depth to the physical world.
– Several companies are working towards this vision such as Google and Niantic.
– Why is now the right time? Several factors have converged in the spatial stack.
– AR creation platforms so far are great but most don't geo-anchor content persistently.
– That's where visual positioning systems (VPS) from Niantic and others can help.
– These systems use visual object recognition to localize devices and serve content.
– But then, there's a discoverability problem in that users have to hold their phones up.
– This could be solved when AR glasses become more ubiquitous, says Bar Zeev.
– However, there are several technical challenges to getting "walkable" AR glasses.
– When that hardware piece moves into place, the spatial stack will be primed.
– Elsewhere in the stack are other key elements, such as intelligent content delivery.
– This involves a sort of filtration system to serve users personalized relevant content.
– This is key, says Bar-Zeev, because we'll quickly go from content desert to jungle.
– This filtration system could be like a search engine in fetching the right content.
– Eventually, it should be automatic and ambient in serving preference-based content.
– But for that to happen, tech giants need to regain user trust with personalized data.
– Data collection sensitivities could be greater, given signs like location and biometrics.
– We could also see a "geo-browser" develop as the front end of the geospatial web.
– With that framework, people can access geo-anchored content, like websites today. For more color, check out the full session below.