What is the metaverse ?
The prefix “meta” comes from Greek and means beyond, after or across. The word “verse” is from our universe. So, metaverse is something which is beyond our Universe. And that’s true because the metaverse is a virtual reality which looks exactly the same as our reality, but it’s not the actual reality. I know it sounds funny and complicated at the same time.
According to Wikipedia –
In futurism and science fiction, the metaverse is a hypothetical iteration of the Internet as a single, universal and immersive virtual world that is facilitated by the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) headsets. In colloquial use, a metaverse is a network of 3D virtual worlds focused on social connection.“
Let us understand this definition. And before that, let us understand the meaning of the keywords used in this definition, i.e. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality etc.
Virtual Reality – The computer-generated simulation of a three-dimensional image or environment that can be interacted with in a seemingly real or physical way by a person using special electronic equipment, such as a helmet with a screen inside or gloves fitted with sensors.
Equipment required to experience Virtual Reality
And once you wear this Virtual Reality Headset, you experience an entirely different world. This world can be your favorite movie, game, etc.
Augmented Reality – According to Wikipedia, it is an interactive experience of a real-world environment where the objects that reside in the real world are enhanced by computer-generated perceptual information.
Now, in the above image, you can clearly see that there is no sofa set in the room (our real world). But when looking through a mobile you can see a sofa set. So augmented reality is enhancing our real world experience i.e. the room, with computer-generated perceptual information, i.e. the sofa set in this case.
Now, let us go back to the definition of the metaverse to understand it. So, the metaverse is not only using the Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality technologies but also connecting this VR and AR experience with the Internet so that you can have social interactions with fellow human beings.
How metaverse is different from Virtual Reality ?
Virtual Reality is a subset of Metaverse. We can do various things in metaverse which VR cannot do. For example –
- In the metaverse world, you will not require a virtual headset in order to experience the metaverse. A chip will be installed into your brain and you can have the metaverse experience whenever and wherever you want.
- In the metaverse world, you will be able to buy and sell things. As metaverse involves NFTs. That’s why companies like Nike are planning for selling shoes in the metaverse.
People buying shoes in metaverse
- In the metaverse world, you can connect to the internet with the help of which you will be able to make social connections with your friend just like you are doing via social media. But in the metaverse, your friends and relatives will look more real as compared to the 2D environment provided by social media.
How metaverse meeting will look like
So, I hope now you understand what is the metaverse.