Daily newspaper Türkiye featured XR Masters with a full page article. In the article, XR Masters CEO Ali Hantal talked about the future of the Metaverse, how it may end up like the Internet or mobile app stores, and the mission of Open AR Cloud Association regarding the standards and protocols for the Metaverse to be open, interoperable and democratic.
You can see the original piece here and the English translation below.
WRITING THE STANDARDS OF THE METAVERSE
The Open Augmented Reality Cloud Association is working to develop Metaverse standards and protocols with an international executive team of 12 people, including XR Masters CEO Ali Cumhur Hantal, and more than 300 members. With the standards to be established, different ‘parallel universes’ will be able to talk to each other.
A dystopian world becomes real with the Metaverse. With the metaverse virtual and physical life are intertwined. The business world, especially the gaming, entertainment and e-commerce sectors, has started to take its place in this world with virtual stores and offices. The Open Augmented Reality Cloud Association has been working for two years to develop Metaverse standards and protocols with an international executive team of 12 people, including XR Masters CEO Ali Cumhur Hantal, and more than 300 members. The Geographical Positioning (Geopose) standard developed by Open AR Cloud, authorized by the Open Geospatial Consortium, which has made the standards used by Google in two-dimensional maps accepted all over the world, is currently in the approval phase. With this standard, content in an Augmented Reality-based Metaverse will be visible to others.
GIANTS ARE ALSO INVOLVED
Ali Cumhur Hantal stated that interoperability and standards are very important for a democratic Metaverse and said, “30 years ago, the Internet, which was built on standards such as HMTL and URL, was open and interoperable. In this way, a website could reach its targeted users regardless of which internet service provider they received, or the brand of their device and which operating system they had. Unfortunately, this was not possible with mobile applications. In order to access the information, you need to enter the application store (App Store) that the device you use forces you. For example, if your device is an iPhone, you can only enter the Apple App Store, and if it is Android, you can only enter the Google Play Store. Since these stores are not open, they also have the right to remove any applications they want. For example, Google closed its Android platform to Huawei. Likewise, Fortnite has been removed from the Apple Store. So there is a centralized structure. Also, app marketplaces get commissions from apps. However, you do not need to pay commissions to internet service providers on the internet. There is democracy on the web side, but the same is not the case for the app market. In order not to experience a similar problem in the metaverse world, the standards need to be determined early in the game. To this end, a very good development took place last June. More than 20 associations working on these issues came together and established an umbrella association called Metaverse Standard Forum. This umbrella association has reached a total of more than 2000 members, including giants such as Microsoft, Meta (Facebook), Google and NVIDIA, in a period of 4 months.”
ANKARA BECOMES A TEST BED CITY
Hantal is in charge of test cities and venues of the Metaverse world for OARC. “We give this opportunity free of charge. Ankara Metropolitan Municipality became the fourth test city of Open AR Cloud in the world after Los Angeles, Bari and Helsinki. We are also in talks with other municipalities,” he said.
Stating that augmented reality is a must against the danger of dystopia in the Metaverse world, Hantal said, “I don’t think our life will be completely in Metaverse. Both the physical and virtual worlds will be together,” he said. Hantal stated that Metaverse can be technically experienced in two different ways, one is virtual reality (VR) based and the other is augmented reality cloud based, “With augmented reality, users can experience the virtual environment simultaneously without breaking away from the real place they are in and they can build real relationships. However, currently, instead of calling these existing experiences as a Metaverse experience, it would be more accurate call them ‘Multi-verse experiences,” he said.
YOUR REACTIONS MAY BE MONITORED
Noting that data security will become much more important with the Metaverse, he said, “If we can set the standards properly, people’s lives will be easier. However, it also brings some risks. For example, it will be possible to measure the size of your pupil, brain waves, and heart rate through augmented reality glasses. Thus, they may manipulate you,” he said.