The Metaverse – what was that again? Oh yes: in recent years, when the crypto market was still chasing the bulls, there was almost unbelievable hype surrounding this virtual place, which is supposed to be somewhere between pixels and the real world.
American rapper Snoop Dogg opened a digitally chic mansion in The Sandbox, sending virtual real estate prices skyrocketing. Sparklers, stars and digital prospectors jumped on the bandwagon and went en masse into the unknown. A digital cube was suddenly worth millions. And today? Disillusionment spreads.
As recently became known, Decentraland is now just a pixel desert. Recently celebrated as a savior technology, an average of 17 lost avatars are currently stumbling through it
promised lost country.
Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who renamed his company Meta in the aftermath of the hype, can do little to change the flattened meta hype. Still, things seem to be moving forward.
As he announced via his Metaverse Horizon’s Twitter account, the company is about to break through: legs are coming soon!
Legs? one may wonder. yes legs Because legs, it seems, are difficult to program. So loud that they are fake in the above animation. It’s not live material from the Meta-Metaverse, it’s just computer animation.
“Real” virtual legs require the use of artificial intelligence. The translation of the incentives to VR logic is the sticking point here:
It’s surprisingly difficult to understand the position of the legs because they’re hidden from view – if the legs are under a desk or the arms block the view, the headset can’t see them directly. You have to make an AI model to predict the position of the whole body.
What is packaged as a success in the above tweet is ultimately a clumsy prosthesis for a project that swallows up billions without really adding value. Driven above all by a man who wouldn’t lose his faith in the success of the Metaverse for the world.
And yet: while in the days of the first corona lockdowns the digital world was still considered a valuable change in the boring everyday home office life, reality has long since overtaken the metaverse.
And by the way, who should pay for it? While the US dollar, euro and the like are depreciating more and more every day, purchasing power is falling and inflation is dancing on the abyss, the Meta Quest Pro entry-level goggles, which will be released on October 25, cost almost 1,500 US dollars. Significantly more than for the Valve Index, which is considered the current top product in VR circles.
With such prospects, you naturally want to put on the VR glasses and dance towards Horizon
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