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This Week in the Metaverse (W05.2023)
Latest on Into The Metaverse podcast: A conversation with Maxim Perumal - founder and CEO of Unai; Weekly News Roundup.
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Latest on Into The Metaverse podcast: A conversation with Maxim Perumal - founder and CEO of Unai
Weekly news roundup
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(1) Latest on Into The Metaverse podcast: A conversation with Maxim Perumal - founder and CEO of Unai
Maxim Perumal is the founder of Unai, a stealth startup company that makes a VR headset and Virtual World dedicated to making human interactions look, feel, and sound like they do in real life. Unai is funded by NFX, Stride, Y Combinator and David Helgason (founder of Unity Engine), among others. Previously Maxim built Relativty, a popular open-source VR headset when he was 15 years old. He open-sourced it after Meta (then Facebook) invited him to meet with Oculus' Chief Architect.
We cover in detail the story of building an open-source VR headset which led Maxim to drop out of high school and begin his journey to build next generation VR platform with Unai, which while is still in stealth mode, spark interest from leading investors who are backing Maxim in his quest to build a truly user-focused VR headset and experience. We also discuss the key pillars that are crucial to providing an enjoyable user experience and what the wider competitive landscape looks like, including Maxim’s point of view on Meta and Apple’s efforts in the space.
“An Instantaneous sense of presence” is how Maxim described the essence of how the metaverse will make people feel.
(2) Weekly news roundup
Platforms & Technologies
OpenAI launches ChatGPT Plus, starting at $20 per month
Ready Player Me launches trial of generative AI avatar creator
Snap hints at future AR glasses powered by generative AI
Google CEO promises new A.I. features are coming to search ‘very soon’ amid competition from ChatGPT
Microsoft committed to HoloLens 2 and Mixed Reality
Nokia: The new Metaverse and our 2030 Vision
Samsung, Google and Qualcomm Team Up to Build a New Mixed-Reality Platform
Warner Music Group announces the launch of Rythhm City on Roblox
Best Roblox Games for Brand Integrations
Mattel and Minecraft release Camp Enderwood toys and DLC map
Oreo debuts in the metaverse space, partners with celebrity chef
Inside Penguin Random House’s play to reach avid readers on TikTok’s BookTok
Yves Saint Laurent files series of metaverse trademarks
Accenture Song hires new global metaverse head
We’ve lost the plot
Technology makes us more human
The touchy-feely world of the metaverse and future gadgets
In the Age of A.I., Major in Being Human
The metaverse brings a new breed of threats to challenge privacy and security gatekeepers
How EA plans to compete with Fortnite and Roblox in the metaverse
Securing the metaverse: 3 cyber concerns
AI's Linux Moment: An Open-Source AI Model Love Note
Why Now is the Time to Realize the Potential of the Metaverse
Augmented reality is taking center stage in brand marketing
Apple’s VR Vision Comes Into Focus
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