Metaverse Lab is inspired by things such as the Renaissance era and the hackerspace movement. The project goal is to think about the future of an internet that people inhabit such as the OASIS from Ready Player One and build components for blending the physical and digital indistinguishable from one another.
The Metaverse is a collective virtual shared space, created by the convergence of virtually enhanced physical reality and physically persistent virtual space, including the sum of all virtual worlds, augmented reality, and the internet.
The backbone of a metaverse is the internet, however as of today there are several challenges with the current Web that prevent the realization of a true metaverse.
- HTTP encourages hypercentralization, this needs to change if we want to have a fighting chance for keeping the internet open and free.
- Control: Large companies build walled gardens that require developers to submit a complete version of their VR app for approval to be listed in the app store. Governments and corporations alike exploit the centralized model for spying on us, monetizing our data, and blocking access to any content that represents a threat to them.
- Dead links: Locations are centralized servers that can go down. The older a site is the more likely it is to eventually 404.
- Lack of Interoperability: VR is exploding but applications still need a standard that can let them talk to each other.
- No easy way to produce content: The most popular methods of creating virtual reality is too cumbersome for people to materialize their ideas.
- Performance and Uptime: HTTP is expensive to scale content.
- Security: We're trusting the servers with the data rather than trusting the data itself.
- Centralized servers disconnect people. Location based servers provide consensus on the state of data in a localized area but do not allow anyone to live dynamically with anyone else in the metaverse.
Lets reinvent the way we envision the web.
JanusVR: Software that brings all of the web into Virtual Reality
James McCrae, inspired by the novel Snow Crash by Neal Stephenson who detailed the Metaverse, built
an engine that allows a spatial walk through the internet. The analogy
is that webpages are rooms, and links connect rooms via portals
(doorways which seamlessly connect rooms).
To be precise about the meaning of the name Janus - it is in reference to the portals which are used to interconnect rooms. Like the Roman god Janus, a portal is a single object with two faces that can peer into two separate spaces.
By embedding some XML within an existing HTML file, Janus can read the content and arrange the content in particular patterns on pre-defined geometry. Here's an example of a simple app for implementing an ADF (Area Definition File) from a matterport scan:
<FireBoxRoom> <Assets> <AssetObject id="scan" src="http://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmSg5kmzPaoWsujT27rveHJUxYjM6iX8DWEfkvMTQYioTb/house.obj.gz" mtl="http://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmSg5kmzPaoWsujT27rveHJUxYjM6iX8DWEfkvMTQYioTb/house.mtl" /> <AssetImage id="black" src= tex_clamp="true" /> </Assets> <Room use_local_asset="room_plane" visible="false" pos="0 0 0" xdir="-1 0 0" ydir="0 1 0" zdir="0 0 -1" col="#191919" skybox_right_id="black" skybox_left_id="black" skybox_up_id="black" skybox_down_id="black" skybox_front_id="black" skybox_back_id="black"> <Object id="scan" js_id="alusion-7-1438484330" pos="-5.8 0.043 -10.400001" xdir="0 0 -1" ydir="-1 0 0" zdir="0 1 0" lighting="false" /> </Room> </FireBoxRoom>All it takes to start creating a VR site is by placing the FireBoxRoom tag within the body tag of an existing HTML file.
Converting it into a WebVR site is very simple, just paste the FireBoxRoom code in...Read more »