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Major Takeaways:

  • Philip Rosedale, creator of Second Life, demonstrated his latest VR startup High Fidelity at the SEA-VR tech conference in Seattle.
  • The demonstration was a “virtual toy room,” where two people collaborated, long distance, from inside a cartoon-animated world where they could pick things up and talk to each other.
  • Rosedale is looking to build the Metaverse, an immersive virtual reality world, which he believes will be the destination for all things, with applications well beyond entertainment and gaming. It will also allow for more enhanced global communication and meeting capabilities.
  • Limitations exist, though: the Metaverse needs to be low-latency, and ensure that avatar’s adequately recognize user movement.

Venture Beat reports on High Fidelity‘s CEO Philip Rosedale, and his quest to create the Metaverse.

From the article:

“Virtual reality is the next disruptor for society, after the smartphone and after the Internet,” said Rosedale, who started High Fidelity in 2013.

Rosedale believes that the Metaverse will be the destination for all things, with applications expanding far beyond entertainment and gaming. It will enable a global village for communication with a billion other people in the world, he said.

Rosedale believes the Metaverse will happen because the technology to do it is getting cheaper and more accessible.

“You can manipulate virtual environments in a natural way and communicate,” Rosedale said. “These virtual experiences are not science fiction. We are in alpha. It is starting to work. All of the components are there.”…

Head over to Venture Beat for the full article.