Facebook,alias meta has made many big claims about its plans for the Metaverse, a virtual world where people can meet, play and work. However, a recently filed patent by the company could introduce one of its plans for Metaverse users.
player of virtual reality games like VR chat We already enjoy creating custom avatars, changing outfits, and otherwise customizing our virtual selfies to express ourselves. While some may enjoy impersonating digital avatars that look nothing like them, this new patent seeks to bring a piece of the real world into the Metaverse.
of Facebook The patent, which went public in late July, reveals plans to develop a system that allows users to upload their clothing to the metaverse. The system is designed to take multiple pictures of the user, recording data not only about the user’s body, but also about the color, shape and design of what they are wearing. This information is then taken and transformed into a 3D mesh of her based on the clothes and another 3D mesh of her based on the body underneath.
In computer graphics, the mesh constitutes the basic structure of the model and gives it its overall shape. You can then refine it further by implementing specific texture maps such as normal maps. The patent states that it intends to create a “skin-clothing boundary.” This could mean that clothing can even react to the user’s movements, and that boundaries play a role in preventing clothing from penetrating the body and breaking immersion.
It remains to be seen how well it will actually work or if it will happen, but it’s an interesting prospect.other programs and games Struggling to implement realistic 3D face scans As time goes on, that’s starting to change. The idea of uploading a real outfit that someone owns in real life might sound appealing to some, but the average user can go to the metaverse and find out what looks exactly like them. It seems unlikely that you would want to have a conversation with a stranger.
However, that may not be the intended use of this technology. The Metaverse has repeatedly been touted as providing a way to: Communicating with remote colleagues Ability to spend time with friends and family far away. In cases like this, being able to look like your true self would be helpful and welcomed by many.
The Metaverse has already seen some controversy for users feeling harassed, and it’s unclear when it will come into full use. Meta continues to lose money in the virtual reality sectorbut it’s clear that technology continues to be developed to make the metaverse more appealing and useful for different user types.