Nokia is focusing on creating commercial use cases for the Metaverse
Nokia has been exploring ways to use the Metaverse to help remote workers from breweries making beer in different parts of the world to airplane mechanics in faraway airports.
Nokia wants to change the industrial sector and provide new business opportunities.
The telecoms infrastructure company, Nokia has been exploring ways to use the Metaverse to help remote workers, from breweries making beer in different parts of the world to airplane mechanics in faraway airports.
Many people are familiar with Nokia as a maker of consumer mobile handsets, but now the company has changed its focus to developing tools and technology that facilitate the “delivery of the internet.”
CTO of Nokia Oceania, Robert Joyce mentioned in a report that the company has plans to deliver the Metaverse. He stated,
“Nokia established two labs in 2020 to explore the Metaverse and the Technologies that support it.”
According to Joyce, Nokia started working with an Australian university last year to build a 5G-connected microbrewery using metaverse technology. Researchers from the University of Technology Sydney's brewery technology lab and those from a German university's twin institution, Dortmund University, have been collaborating using augmented reality (AR).
He said, "They really conduct joint experiments where they make beer and change the procedure, temperature, timings, quantities, and recipes [...] and they feed back all of that baking process into the digital twin.
“Then, they may really recreate brewing in the digital twin in order to perfect the beer there."
According to Joyce, Nokia has been using the metaverse to possibly help Cessna aircraft technicians at remote airports in South Australia. “We worked with a firm that had a virtual Cessna plane. You're standing in front of a Cessna and listening to an audio guide that will advise you on how to replace a wheel or an engine component” , Joyce stated.
We were able to teach people how to use a Cessna using augmented reality through Microsoft HoloLens connected to 5G.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) heard from Nokia's global chief strategy and technology officer Nishant Batra earlier this month. He said that the Metaverse will have the most immediate impact on industries, rather than the consumer market.
He highlighted how ports are already using digital twins to track every container on their docks, no matter how deeply they are buried in stacks. Aerospace businesses are also using the Metaverse to create engines and fuselages in the virtual world, allowing them to test how an airplane will fly before they even start to manufacture its first mechanical element. op-ed published on January 13, Batra expanded on this.
Joyce agrees with the statement, that the "consumer metaverse" won't take off until 2030. He predicted that by the following year, the "industrial Metaverse" will receive five times as much money as the consumer or business Metaverse. Joyce remarked of the consumer Metaverse gadgets now on the market, "The technology is not there yet, the technology is cumbersome."
“The ideal experience with a Quest 2 on your head for a few hours won't come until consumers have access to comfortable, mass-produced augmented reality wearables.”
Before consumer virtual reality or augmented reality services are widely adopted, there is a three to five-year lag. When asked about the role of blockchain in the future of the Metaverse, Joyce expressed hope that the technology would be essential for payments and asset transfers.
"If you want to ensure the integrity of a metaverse, blockchain is the way to go," Joyce explained. "For example, if you wanted to buy a house next to Snoop Dogg's and make sure it couldn't be copied or moved, blockchain would be invaluable in maintaining its uniqueness in a digital space."
However, Joyce clarified that blockchain is not a necessary component for all applications. "It's not a fundamental technology for the Metaverse, but I'm glad we have it and it will be used in the Metaverse," he concluded.
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