3DBODY.TECH 2022 - Paper 22.27

A. Havele et al., "The Key to an Open, Functional, and Interoperable Metaverse", Proc. of 3DBODY.TECH 2022 - 13th Int. Conf. and Exh. on 3D Body Scanning and Processing Technologies, Lugano, Switzerland, 25-26 Oct. 2022, #27, https://doi.org/10.15221/22.27.


The Key to an Open, Functional, and Interoperable Metaverse


Anita HAVELE 1, Nicholas POLYS 2, William BENMAN 3

1 Web3D Consortium, USA;
2 Virginia Tech, USA;
3 Integrated Virtual Network, USA


The term 'Metaverse' has taken on a new sparkle recently, appearing prominently in the marketing materials of several large technology companies. Indeed, many have attempted, or are attempting, to co-opt it for their own purposes, which has resulted in a great deal of confusion among producers and consumers in the marketplace. Is the metaverse a single walled garden, shared game, or social environment? Or will the metaverse be an open unified space suitable for education, ecommerce, entertainment, and industry applications? How will we move ourselves and our content seamlessly between real, virtual, and augmented worlds? How will we ensure security and provide for user-control of personally identifiable information (PII) or health data? The metaverse may well find itself at the intersection of social interaction, industry applications and virtual expressions, the essence of the global apparel and wearable industries. With this in mind, we must ask ourselves, what the metaverse might mean for the apparel industry and its current outlook and its future.
With this short position paper, the Web3D Consortium seeks to address this confusion by exploring the history of 3D visualization and its formats, that has led us to our current state, providing a workable definition of the term 'Metaverse', and providing a vision for its sustainable, cooperative construction into the future. We believe that all the technologies are in place to fulfill the vision of an open, equitable, and ubiquitous information space. What remains are the key issues that have kept the Metaverse from manifesting the last two decades: user experience.


Abstract: 2227havele-abs.pdf
Full paper: 2227havele.pdf
Proceedings: 3DBODY.TECH 2022, 25-26 Oct. 2022, Lugano, Switzerland
Paper id#: 27
DOI: 10.15221/22.27
Presentation video: 3DBodyTech2022_27_havele.mp4

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