On the heels of CES and following the approval of the FY2022 National Defense Authorization Act, I can say one thing is certain — the metaverse is back.
Highlights of CES included new technology focused on 3-D, interaction and a resurgence of virtual worlds primarily focused on gaming and automotive applications. Key technologies in other commercial markets, including smart home devices and services, blockchain (including the growth of cryptocurrencies and NFTs) and digital health attracted fanfare and have strong potential to converge in interactive virtual environments in the future.
As a government contractor, I’ve seen interest in the metaverse and associated technologies, such as AR/VR, come and go. Given the current interest in increasing the use of commercial technologies, especially as it relates to AI and automation, I believe this refreshed interest might be different as we focus on operational use as opposed to interactive training.