Second Life Metaverse Will get Second Wind

Excessive Constancy Invests in Second Life metaverse. Philip Rosedale is returning to Second Life, the metaverse he launched in 2002, as an investor and advisor. Second Life is a 3D digital world customers navigate utilizing the 2D display screen of their PC. It was a phenomenon within the 2000s, attracting tens of millions of customers, companies, and governments. Obama had a marketing campaign workplace there. Certainly, it was one of many first social networks. The cellular revolution, the expansion of social media and competitors from merchandise like Roblox, Minecraft, and Fortnite, slowed its development. The return of Rosedale may give the unique metaverse a second life. 

In what sounds extra like a enterprise mixture than an funding, Excessive Constancy will transfer a number of workers over to Second Life mother or father Linden Lab. Rosedale has a detailed relationship with Linden’s appearing CEO and Govt Chairman Brad Oberweiger, whose funding fund purchased out the unique enterprise capital traders final yr. The corporate experiences the 19-year previous metaverse has skilled substantial rising throughout the pandemic. Importantly, Second Life additionally has a exceptional creator financial system, with an annual GDP of $650 million USD, with 345 million transactions of digital items, actual property, and providers. 

Amaze Raises One other $15M To Create Digital Live shows. Utilizing extremely excessive definition video, volumetric seize, 3D artwork, and animation, the corporate brings the joy of a reside present to VR. Customers be part of as avatars, and expertise VR live shows along with pals in the identical simulation. AmazeVR has raised a complete of $30.8 million since its inception in 2015. Companions Funding and Murex Companions co-led the brand new funding. 

Kura Gallium AR Smartglasses Wins Each 2022 CES Innovation Award and Better of CES. The prototype options an astounding full-frame discipline of view of 150 levels. Its 8K decision per eye is delivered by a tool weighing solely 80 grams. 95% transparency ensures photos will be projected on the actual world underneath any lighting situations.

Magic Leap’s new AR headset is rolling out to healthcare firms. The corporate named 4 healthcare companions which can be having access to the gadget: medical knowledge visualization firm SentiAR, neurotechnology firm SyncThink, diagnostics firm Heru, and surgical software program software Brainlab. The Magic Leap 2 is slated for a extra common launch in mid-2022 at $2,295. I’ve personally tried the Magic Leap 2 AR HMD and might vouch for its awesomeness. In contrast to its predecessor gadget, the Magic Leap One, it has not been overhyped.

The Unhappy Cow Metaverse. If issues go terribly unsuitable, the approaching AI overlords may do that to folks. 

 This Week in XR is now a podcast hosted by Ted Schilowitz, Futurist at Viacom, and Charlie Fink, the writer of this weekly column. This week our visitor is Nick Cherukuri, founder and CEO of ThirdEye, which makes AR Glasses. Yow will discover it on podcasting platforms Spotify, iTunes, and YouTube

What We’re Studying

What Comes After The Smartphone, with Qualcomm CEO Christiano Amon (Nilay Patel/The Verge)

Meta’s Sharma plans to rework Horizon right into a cohesive metaverse (Alexander Lee/Digiday) 

About that Meta metaverse (Eileen Brown/ZDnet)

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