Out and about with the Metaverse
In a spiritual follow-up to our “At home with the Metaverse” post, where we explored how the Metaverse will one day augment your home experience, today we take a look at the benefits of the Metaverse while out in the big, wide world.
Here at themetabite.com we define the Metaverse as: “the hyperconvergence of the physical and digital worlds”, that is, the merging of the real world and virtual worlds to the point at which they become indistinguishable from one another. In a future, where a persistent, hyper-realistic, immersive, Ready Player One-esque virtual allows planetwide interactions, in real-time, the Metaverse will always be available, wherever you are, at any time of the day.
So, once we close our front door, where might the Metaverse take us? While the possibilities are, literally, limitless, we’re going to take today’s use of technology, and go from there. Once we leave the confines of our home, we’re immediately presented with the British obsession that is the weather. Today, we use apps like Carrot Weather to tell us what the weather’s going to be like and help us plan our day accordingly, from what activities we might do, to planning for potential travel disruption, to what clothes to wear. The Metaverse will only enhance our ability to respond to whatever mother nature throws at us on any given moment.
Metaverse technologies will provide us with three different realities to choose from. The physical world, which we currently inhabit, the Metaverse, a virtual world that releases us from the constraints of the physical world, and a virtual-physical hybrid, or ‘virtical’, of the two. It is this physical-virtual hybrid that will have most impact on our daily lives. Imagine being able to overlay the physical world with whatever information you might need. When it comes to the weather, you’ll be able to look in any direction, and “see” the weather, whether it's the temperature around you, or the direction and speed of a rain shower, you’ll have all the information you need right in front of you.
What’s next on the list? Most likely, your daily dose of caffeine. But where to go? Again, the Metaverse will provide a data overlay that can help your decision-making. Look towards any given coffee shop, and useful data will appear right before your eyes, including, stock options and availability – especially for those partial to a particular bean, queue length, current waiting time, and special offers.
Coffee in hand, perhaps you need to check on how things are going back home? Not a problem. Metaverse technologies will allows you to carry a dynamic digital replica of your home with you, wherever you go. Simply scroll through you inventory, select your home and set it down on the nearest available surface. From here you’ll be able to interact with the myriad of Internet of Things (IoT) devices that will likely populate your home. Forgot to turn on the washing machine? Turn down the thermostat? Let someone in? These are all possible.
Happy in the knowledge that all’s well? Then you can get on with the rest of your day. What about exercise? Perhaps a run, or a ride, around the local park is in order. Again, a digital overlay of the physical world will enhance your workout. Race against a virtual replica of yourself, a friend, women's marathon world record holder Paula Radcliffe, or 2020/2021 Tour de France winner Tadej Pogačar.
We’ve hardly even started our day, and there are multiple ways in which the Metaverse will impact people's lives. We’ll leave the rest to Out and about with the Metaverse: Part 2.
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