This is Pillar Some of the major metaverses of all the biggest players in the market today have been visited. Different technologies have different levels of maturity, and as we already mentioned in another article, one of the biggest challenges is building bridges between these environments controlled by different companies.exist Pillar Today, we want to present an alternative virtual world vision proposed by the creators of the Firefox browser.
The Mozilla Foundation is a non-profit organization whose mission is to “promote openness, innovation, and opportunity on the web,” and Mozilla Hubs is their bet on the virtual world.
Unlike most other technologies, Mozilla Hubs is not intended to compete with the internet as we know it – instead, it uses free technology and proposes to be a three-dimensional and immersive extension of the web.
This means you don’t need to download any special programs to access Mozilla’s virtual world.
Any recent browser, as long as it is compatible with open standards for augmented reality, can access the virtual environment via the public link. Therefore, you can access the experiences listed at the end of this article from your own computer without any additional utensils.
But, of course, they are always immersive 3D environments designed to work with the most disparate virtual reality devices.
By opening the same link as Oculus Quest, Meta, HTC Vive, and even dozens of Chinese glasses that allow you to use your smartphone, the experience changes and you can be in the scene.
This flexibility brings advantages and challenges.
On the one hand, the barriers to entry are much lower, and it is now possible to explore the environment from a phone or laptop and use virtual reality glasses to find people inside.
On the other hand, choosing to adapt to these different technologies has some limitations, and diving into the Mozilla Hub often feels a little less immersive than a similar experience on a proprietary system.
The virtual room can hold up to 50 people, and as usual, the first step is to choose your avatar.
Hubs Cloud, Mozilla’s cloud solution that lets you create your own environments for free and share links with friends, colleagues or family, has dozens of ready-made avatars, but an open format that allows you to upload your own 3D using Ready Player Me, for example and more tools to create your own virtual version from photos.
After that, you actually enter the virtual environment and can use the arrow keys and mouse to move around (if you’re on a computer), which is reminiscent of a first-person shooter.
What’s new: Over the past year, Mozilla has implemented an avatar camera that lets you use your own face in a digital portrait of an adorable astronaut or web astronaut.
Audio in the room is spatialized, which means that the volume of the sound changes as you approach or move away from the person.
Seems little, but it’s impressive how this subtle change can make meetings and meetings less tiring than the same thing in Zoom or other video conferencing tools where all the faces are At the same distance, and we had the impression that everyone was yelling from the same place.
Since 2020, Mozilla has created a paid version for enterprises, hosted in the cloud. Based on Amazon Web Services (AWS), dedicated content streaming servers can be used for increased security.
In Mozilla Hubs, you can choose from a variety of predefined scenarios – from Greek temples to farms, not to mention conference halls, offices, and more.
It’s very simple to assemble a virtual space the way you want, and from these models or something more special, creators can “import” from avatars to 3D digital objects, as well as cameras, videos, and more.
With this, the possibilities of use are expanded: it is possible to launch a book, an exhibition, a debate, a lecture, a chat between friends – partly using these VR glasses, partly supported only by computers ,no problem. . Just click the Share button at the top of the screen and your invitation has been sent.
There are people everywhere experimenting with these possibilities. The community interested in developing projects and better understanding of the platform has 16,000 members worldwide.
In Germany, the Schubert Theater announced on February 2 that it will premiere the play “MAY.be.2.0”, an adult puppet show that exists only in a virtual space.
Stage areas were developed using the Mozilla Hubs platform, and audiences will be able to explore locations online from a virtual theater foyer. The plot includes an encounter with Plato’s allegory of shadows.
There are even closer experiments.
The Pontes programme, run by Oi Futuro and the British Council, brings together young artists from the Aglomerado da Serra community in Belo Horizonte with British creators from Bristol, UK, and presents at the conference ” Galeria Virtual Disputa Nervosa” exhibition, also hosted on Mozilla Hub.
From 18 November, the interactive digital art installation, which is like a game, mixes rap and images from the ghetto with English-language images in some videos.
Here we have separated out some other environments so that you can explore the possibilities of the tool.
A working and conversational environment based on a coworking space in Brazil.
Watch with Oculus, an example of a presentation created for the American Anatomical Society at last year’s Experimental Biology conference.
Anthropologist and researcher Keith Chan has recreated the hornless rhinoceros Paraceratherium and established a “mini-museum” of the extinct animal as the centerpiece of his virtual studio.
The Space Agency arcade has been developing virtual and augmented reality projects and has partnered with Heritage Alliance to create a gallery showcasing photo contests of historic ships.
Horn Alley Street Art
A navigable version of Clarion Alley, a small street in San Francisco known for its graffiti murals, was made using photogrammetry, a technique that allows you to turn photos into 3D models.
Notre Dame de Paris
Another example of photogrammetry, a version of Notre Dame, which nicely demonstrates the possibilities and limitations of the technique.
albert basin park
Albert Basin Park is a (yet) existing park located in the city of Newry, Ireland. As a way of making the proposal to build a park in an abandoned area of the city practical, they created a space in the Hubs where they held presentations and cultural events.
Metaverse station based on the yellow line of the São Paulo metro.
All of these examples are freely accessible and show some of the possibilities of this amazing tool.
Stay tuned, this Pillar Promise to bring news soon, use Mozilla Hubs as a stage 😉