Following the announcement that Facebook’s parent company would be rebranded in a metaverse pivot, many projects have launched similar initiatives to venture into the virtual space, from buying real estate to testing the limits of what this universe has to offer.
Visit Disneyland…in the Metaverse?
The entertainment company behind some of the world’s most popular theme parks recently received patent approval for a “virtual world simulator in a real world location.” Although the Los Angeles Times reported that Disney has “no plans at this time” to deploy the simulator in the near future, the application suggests that visitors to Disneyland and Disney World could see Metaverse attractions at one or more of the US parks. China, France and Japan.
The technology would work by tracking visitors via their cellphones and creating personalized 3D effects and projecting them onto nearby physical spaces such as walls and other park objects. According to the patent filing, Disney’s potential foray into the Metaverse “could provide users with customized, realistic, and highly immersive 3D virtual experiences without requiring those users to wear an augmented reality display device.”
K-Pop in the Metaverse?
On Monday, Metaverse concert promoter Animal Concerts announced that it has signed a deal with South Korean unicorn Kakao’s Klaytn network to increase its presence in the country’s entertainment industry. Animal Concerts CEO Colin Fitzpatrick said, “Klaytn’s primary goals are NFTs and the Metaverse.”
“Technical limitations prohibit the number of people who can attend a concert at the Metaverse,” Fitzpatrick said, citing scalability issues. Their goal is to create a network of virtual venues on existing platforms and in the Metaverse to host concerts featuring diverse talent, which appears to include K-pop artists.
The Creator of Second Life is, once again, a meta-project
Linden Lab, the company behind online virtual world Second Life, announced Thursday that founder Philip Rosedale, along with members of the Metaverse team at San Diego-based VR company High Fidelity, will rejoin the project as a strategic advisor. Francisco. According to the company, bringing new and old talent on board would ease Second Life’s entry into the Metaverse.
“Virtual worlds don’t have to be dystopias,” Rosedale said. “Big techs giving away VR headsets and building a metaverse on their ad-driven behavior change platforms will not create a magical one-size-fits-all digital utopia.”
Launched in 2003, Second Life was one of the first virtual world experiences before the connectivity of modern social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Rosedale stepped down as CEO of Linden Labs in 2008 before founding High Fidelity in 2013. His return could be a major milestone in bringing new Metaverse themed ideas to established platforms:
Philip Rosedale’s return to Linden Labs (today’s breaking news) definitely reminds me of Steve Jobs returning to Apple in the ’90s #second Life #metaverse
— Andrew Oleksiuk (she/they) (@Andrew_Oleksiuk) January 13, 2022
Philip Rosedale’s return to Linden Labs (today’s breaking news) definitely reminds me of Steve Jobs’ return to Apple in the ’90s