A ‘metaverse’ is the idea of a shared social space that is completely or partly virtual, for example via smart and VR glasses. The term has become more widely used since last year, after Facebook parent company Meta announced that it was fully committed to developing such a metaverse.
To create such a metaverse, there must be standards with which different companies connect their own corners of that world, the companies write. The new Metaverse Standards Forum should start thinking about ways to further develop the metaverse in a way that brings participating companies together.
“The Forum will focus on pragmatic projects such as prototyping, setting up hackathons, and designing software tools that can be used open source by anyone,” the organization wrote. Developing a metaverse would work best if there are “open standards” that anyone can use.
More consistent explanation for metaverse
That is why various organizations that have been committed to designing important software standards for years, such as those for the Internet (World Wide Web Consortium) and 3D design and virtual reality (The Kronos Group) are also participating. Any company, university, or similar organization may join the Metaverse Standards Forum.
Interesting detail: the Forum will also be committed to everyone who has been scratching their heads for a year about what a ‘metaverse’ should be in the first place. The organization wants to come up with ‘consistent terms’ for what they do.
Apple is also missing from the list. Niantic, the maker of augmented reality app Pokemon Go, is also not participating in the Forum.
Later this year
The new organization plans to hold official meetings sometime this year for the first time. In any case, a good attempt is made to finally channel the often vague and broad discussions about the how and what of a metaverse into more practical ways.