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Natsune Oki on Mixed Reality Vs. Metaverse

Updated: Jun 25, 2022

One thing that makes me so excited is thinking about “what the future can look like”

One of my friends from college told me that his school from Japan, (he was in the exchange program in my US school) had a mission to raise “exchange students from the future." When I say this in English it feels a bit weird in the language but the concept still blows my mind to this day! How amazing it is to design an education system that actively encourages young people to think and produce an innovative future!? My whole theme around LifeUpEducation TV today grew based on this experience.

So, thinking about “what the future could be” really excites me! One futuristic but very realistic recent development of technology is Metaverse.

When I first learned the concept of Metaverse, I thought about something like Jarvis from Iron Man.

As I learned more about the concept of Metaverse, I noticed that there is a difference between ‘Metaverse’ and Jarvis. So my question became, how are they different, and what do we call the Jarvis technology?

We all learned what Metaverse is. If I borrow a sentence from one of my previous posts, the definition is below:

In short, Metaverse allows people to have access to virtual spaces, services, and environments that are also created by other users.

Something like Jarvis I was imagining is perhaps best described with the term 'Mixed Reality.'

What is Mixed Reality? Mixed Reality is similar to Augmented Reality, where you can display computer-generated images in the real world through devices like a headset, tablet or phone from the user's point of view. The difference between AR and MR ( Mixed Reality ) is that MR digital contents appear in hologram form. Wearing a MR headset allows users to display data in front of them with complete freedom of movement at full scale. Users can use hand gestures, voice commands to control 3D data as if it were a real object.

If Meta is going after Metaverse at full gear, Microsoft is going after Mixed Reality at full gear, which makes sense as Meta ( previously known as Facebook ) is also focused on personal networking solutions while Microsoft products tend to focus on enterprise solutions. Something like Jarvis would be at best use if it were used in work scenarios, hence, the Microsoft Mesh! Microsoft Mesh powered by Azure, allows people to project themselves as their most lifelike, photorealistic selves to interact with each other without being in the same physical space on different devices such as Hololens 2, VR headsets, mobile phones, tablets, PCs, or using any With Mesh, people can freely collaborate, train, get remote expertise, and design in 3D all virtually and in the most real-world similar environment. In Mesh, there are no avatar, but holograms projecting objects and things.

Final thoughts:

Metaverse and MR certainly function differently. Metaverse allows people to create unreal life-like experiences that are only possible because they happen in the digital world. On the other hand, MR still keeps very much in touch with the actual reality while holograms and AI support our real-life activities to the maximum! Both are exciting concepts to me, but I have more excitement around MR development! I cannot wait to see our lives transforming into something like what we saw in the movie Iron Man, and I have a feeling that that day is not that far away!

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