The Enterprise Metaverse
This Metaverse can be thought of as the next generation of the mobile internet that will consist of persistent, shared, 3D virtual spaces linked to form a virtual ‘universe’.
Common standards, interfaces, and communication protocols between and among these environments are going to be fundamental to the kind of open interaction among users that differentiate the internet from the “walled garden” of many commercial offerings.
Among the characteristics expected in this future environment are:
While the metaverse meme is typically linked with multi-player gaming, is expected to become central to enterprise applications as well. At some point, we may see a metaverse evolve that creates a new community with enhanced presence, a forum and marketplace for content creators of various stripes, and new forms of digital commerce. Companies like Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, Nvidia and Epic are describing the Metaverse as the next major evolution of how we interact digitally.
Examples of metaverse application that are in use today include VR training with multiple team members interacting with physical objects in a virtual environment, AR guided maintenance with procedural instructions overlayed digitally on a physical product, and visualization of live IoT data in a digital twin of a facility. The list of examples is growing rapidly.
As with the Internet, the Metaverse is not expected to suddenly appear. Instead, it is expected to evolve over the coming decade as key building block technologies come into mainstream use.
Examples of Key Hardware building blocks:
Examples of Key Software building blocks:
One of the challenges of authoring the metaverse is dev platforms that integrate the components above and reduce the cost and time of delivering metaverse experiences. Umajin’s platform lets you gain experience with the metaverse today, and provides an easy to use experience that enables authoring control to reside with the business team (much like a PowerPoint) rather than with specialist developer and graphic designers). Among its features are: