Industry tycoons form Metaverse Standard Forum
More than 30 prominent technical organizations have formed the Metaverse Standards Forum to promote collaboration between standards bodies and companies to develop open and comprehensive Metaverse interoperability guidance.
Rather than setting up these interoperability standards themselves, the Metaverse Standards Forum provides the requirements and resources needed to build the foundation for open standards to ensure that various individual Metaverse implementations work together. It provides industry players with a place to make adjustments. This task involves identifying the key requirements of the Metaverse standard to ensure actual interoperability.
“This forum is open to all organizations for free, focusing on practical action-based projects such as implementation prototyping, hackathons, plugfests, open source tools, and accelerating the testing and adoption of Metaverse standards. At the same time, consistent terminology and deployment guidelines. ”
The forum FAQ emphasizes and does not emphasize that its mission is not to define the amorphous term “metaverse.” The closest are: “Metaverse is a revolutionary integration and deployment of diverse technologies for collaborative spatial computing, including interactive 3D graphics, augmented reality and virtual reality, photorealistic content authoring, geospatial systems, end-user content tools, and digital twins. It brings a new level of scale and immersiveness to real-time collaboration, physical simulation, online economy, multi-user games, and more. ”
Because there is no official definition of what the Metaverse means, Wikipedia calls this word a single universal, immersive virtual world facilitated by the use of virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). It is defined as a futuristic term related to the Internet. headset. But in more modern colloquial use, it is described as a network of 3D virtual worlds focused on social connections. Various other sources show that the Internet is undoubtedly associated with morphing from a collection of 2D static websites into a 3D immersive real-time virtual world.
Last year’s Meta (formerly Facebook) briefly stated, “The” Metaverse “is a set of virtual spaces that you can create and explore with other people who are not in the same physical space as you.”Yet another definition comes from the author Matthew Ball Metaverse Primer, Says: “Metaverse is an extensive network of persistent, real-time rendered 3D worlds and simulations that support identity, object, history, payment, and entitlement continuity, with virtually an unlimited number of users in sync. You can experience it. Each has its own unique presence. ”
For action-based projects where the forum focuses on getting things moving, 3D graphics, avatars, privacy, geospatial systems, networking, visual positioning services (VPS), extended reality (XR), user experience (UX), Financial transactions, IoT, digital twins, etc.
As a concrete example, the forum stated that a typical host project could address the interoperability of 3D assets. Specifically, it runs a 3D asset workflow from authoring to run-time rendering on multiple engines as follows:
- Make sure the asset behavior and attributes meet the use case
- Publishing and testing the outbound pipeline
- Perform interoperable actions and attributes across multiple run-time applications
“Several industry leaders say that the potential of the Metaverse is best realized when built on the foundation of open standards,” the organization said. “Building a popular, open and comprehensive metaverse requires a set of open interoperability standards created by SDO. [Standards Developing Organizations] Khronos Group, World Wide Web Consortium, Open Geospatial Consortium, Open AR Cloud, Spatial Web Foundation, etc. The Metaverse Standards Forum promotes consensus-based collaboration between diverse SDOs and companies to define and coordinate Metaverse Standards requirements and priorities, accelerate their availability, and reduce duplication of work across the industry. The purpose is that. ”
In addition to these organizations, founding members include Meta, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Adobe, Alibaba, Qualcomm Technologies, Huawei, Sony Interactive Entertainment, Unity and more. They will start a meeting next month.
David Ramel is the editor and writer of Converge360.