Disney, Facebook and The Metaverse

by Boaz Feldman

The Metaverse is the future, and no one wants to be left behind. Tech giants like Microsoft have started to make a move, and others have closely followed suit.

A New Home for Buzz Lightyear.

Is Metaverse the new infinity?
That's the question on everyone's lips as Walt Disney, the entertainment company, have announced plans to enter the Metaverse.
Would we finally be able to meet Andy and His Toys? Dance with Elsa and her sister in her castle? Who wouldn't want to talk to Cinderella and Olaf? The home of Mickey and Minnie Mouse have decided to join social media giants- Facebook in moving their company into the Metaverse.
Disney's former Executive Vice-President of Digital, Tilak Mandadi, once talked about creating a themed Metaverse Disney Park where physical and digital worlds converge.
It's going to be epic, surely. It's going to reshape animation and the way we tell stories. So, say, Disney. Plans have been set in motion, and the wait will soon be over. Disney's Metaverse could very well become one of the happiest places on earth.

Meta: Zuckerberg and His Plans 

Mark Zuckerberg has been one of the most vocal, encouraging others to go into the Metaverse.
First of all, he rebranded Facebook's corporate name to Meta. He envisions Meta as a space in the Metaverse where people would meet using avatars which are a digital representation of people with VR headsets (Yes, just like the James Cameron movie). And Zuckerberg is willing to invest billions of dollars into the Metaverse.
And a sidebar, Meta also owns Oculus, a company involved in making VR headsets. Plus, some Meta Executives have started taking their weekly meetings in VR mode, in the Metaverse.

Microsoft Mesh and HoloLens

Another worthy mention is Microsoft. They are focused currently on building Mesh and HoloLens. Mesh is a VR platform that is going to power Microsoft applications like Teams in the nearest future. HoloLens is a form of augmented reality that can be used for diverse purposes in the Military, Academics and even in the Manufacturing Industry.
Manufacturing Companies like BMW are already using the tech to avoid errors, improve processing and maximize output.
In the words of the CEO of Microsoft, Satya Nadella, "The Metaverse is here, and it's not only transforming how we see the world but how we participate in it – from the factory floor to the meeting room