This Week in Metaverse – 1/16/2022

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Apple has rejected the idea of a metaverse (in this case, an all-virtual world) for its long-rumored mixed reality headset. The very idea is "off limits,"… The focus would be on short stints of communication, content viewing and gaming.

Apple said to have ruled out a metaverse for its mixed reality headset | Engadget

In Turkey, a rancher has begun putting virtual reality headsets on some of his cattle to see if the animals produce more milk when they believe they are outside in a nice, sunny field. Early results from the experiment are positive, but the actual sight of seeing a cow living in the metaverse so it can produce more milk for humans is sad, reminds me of The Matrix, and is a strong argument against the metaverse itself.

Cows Strapped Into VR Headsets To Make Them Produce More Milk (kotaku.com)

(Disney) was approved for a “virtual-world simulator in a real-world venue” patent on Dec. 28, 2021. The tech would come with headset-free augmented reality (AR) attractions at the entertainment giant’s theme parks.

Disney Gets Patent for Metaverse Technology | PYMNTS.com

“Within the next two or three years, I predict most virtual meetings will move from 2D camera image grids—which I call the Hollywood Squares model, although I know that probably dates me—to the metaverse, a 3D space with digital avatars.”

Reasons for optimism after a difficult year | Bill Gates (gatesnotes.com)

Titled “BNBMETA”, the portal is launching the FIRST-ever community-driven platform for monetizing land/assets and metaverse experience on Binance Smart Chain. BNBMeta is soon to have its Whitelisted IDO Presale or PinkSale this month.

Crypto platform BNBMeta introduces FIRST-ever community-driven platform for monetizing lands and metaverse experience

Omniverse is moving out of beta into 1.0 availability for customers. On top of that, it will have a free version for millions of individual creators and artists. Nvidia made the announcement at the CES 2022 tech trade show in Las Vegas.

Nvidia unveils Omniverse free version for millions of creators and artists | VentureBeat

...Samsung has begun innovating within the Metaverse allowing users to create and decorate their own virtual home....

...Sony unveiled their long-awaited PS VR 2. The PS VR2 will be made for the PS5 console, and will come with a new VR controller called the VR2 Sense Controller...

Metaverse and NFT News from CES 2022 - 42West (adorama.com)

The Associated Press will launch a non-fungible token (NFT) marketplace built by blockchain technology provider Xooa, where collectors can purchase the news agency’s award-winning contemporary and historic photojournalism.

AP to launch NFT photography marketplace built by Xooa

AP NFT Marketplace (xooa.com)

Prager Metis, a leading international advisory and accounting firm, becomes the first CPA firm to officially open its Metaverse headquarters in the metaverse platform Decentraland.

Prager Metis Opens First-Ever CPA Firm in the Metaverse (yahoo.com)

Prager Metis Opens First-Ever CPA Firm in the Metaverse - Prager Metis

...Axie holders ballooned 10,482 % from 27,000 last January to over 2.9 M today! ...Axie generated over 1.3 B USD of value for the community treasury over the last 365 days....

AxieInfinity grows explosively in 2021

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