This Week in Metaverse – 1/23/2022


Walmart appears to be venturing into the metaverse with plans to create its own cryptocurrency and collection of NFTs.

Walmart is quietly preparing to enter the metaverse

…According to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, "Gaming is the most dynamic and exciting category in entertainment across all platforms today and will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms."…

Microsoft's Activision Blizzard deal 'will play a key role in the development of metaverse platforms' | Windows Central


The metaverse is just getting started: Here's what you need to know - CNET

Old news but announcement of Microsoft Mesh in Ignite 2021 jives well with the Activision takeover.

Microsoft Mesh will teleport you in AR and VR to play with others across lots of devices - CNET

“You can actually feel like you’re in the same place”: Microsoft Mesh powers shared experiences in mixed reality | Innovation Stories

Introducing Microsoft Mesh | Here can be anywhere.

…I have spent hundreds of hours working here in virtual reality. Even as I write this to you, I have Facebook's Oculus strapped to my face and am in an aptly named app called Immersed. It puts me in this orbiting spaceship where there's just me, the computer screen in front of me, and—let me look out the window—Ecuador…

I Spent Hundreds of Hours Working in VR. Here’s What I Learned | WIRED

Immersed - Work Faster in VR Than in Real Life

…Apple plans for its mixed-reality device to run its own operating system -- dubbed rOS, with the “r” likely standing for “reality.” The software, codenamed Oak, is designed to focus on communication tools and media consumption….

Apple (AAPL) AV/VR Headset Risks Being Delayed Until 2023 - Bloomberg

NFT marketplace OpenSea on Tuesday said it had bought Dharma Labs, a digital wallet for cryptocurrencies, for an undisclosed amount, and said Dharma's chief executive officer would become OpenSea's chief technology officer.

NFT marketplace OpenSea buys crypto wallet Dharma Labs, changes CTO | Reuters

Older… but interesting

Ralph Lauren is now dressing Roblox avatars. Along with the Ralph Lauren Winter Escape, a new virtual destination to celebrate the holidays, the American brand introduced a brand new, all-digital collection on Wednesday, available exclusively in Roblox.

Ralph Lauren’s Latest Collection Is an All-Digital Roblox Exclusive – WWD

View from the other side

Although it is still under construction, its evolution promises new ways for extremists to exert influence through fear, threat and coercion. Considering our research on malevolent creativity and innovation, there is potential for the metaverse to become a new domain for terrorist activity.

The Metaverse Offers Much Potential For Terrorists and Extremists - Defense One

Outrageous is a Metaverse in geographically exact 3D Virtual Mars, created with data from NASA and other space agencies. It has the MARS4 (Mars Dollar) token & the World's 1st Revenue Generating NFTs, which leverages property rights and incentivizes holding & spending tokens on in-world assets and resources.

Mars4 - virtual world with first revenue generating NFT

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