Mobile phones, smartwatches and earbuds are some gadgets that we carry around physically without much thought. The increasingly digitalised world sees a shrinking gap between human and technology, and many researchers and companies are interested in how technology can be further integrated into our lives.
What if, instead of incorporating technology into our physical world, we assimilate ourselves into a virtual environment? This is what Assistant Professor Xiong Zehui from the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) hopes to achieve in his research. Working with researchers from the Nanyang Technological University and the Guangdong University of Technology, this fruitful collaboration yielded a preprint, 'Vision-based semantic communications for metaverse services: A contest theoretic approach'. The research will be presented at the IEEE Global Communications Conference in December 2023.
The joint effort focused on the notion of the metaverse—a virtual reality (VR) universe where users can control avatars to interact with the virtual environment. In this world, people can meet others (through their avatars), visit virtual locations and even make online purchases. In a sense, the metaverse hopes to extend past the limits of our physical reality.
Source: Mirage News