Design Frameworks for Hyper-Connected Social XRI Immersive Metaverse Environments
PubDate: June 2023
Teams: OCAD University
Writers: Jie Guan, Alexis Morris
The metaverse refers to the merger of technologies for providing a digital twin of the real world and the underlying connectivity and interactions for the many kinds of agents within. As this set of technology paradigms – involving artificial intelligence, mixed reality, the internet-of-things and others – gains in scale, maturity, and utility there are rapidly emerging design challenges and new research opportunities. In particular is the metaverse disconnect problem, the gap in task switching that inevitably occurs when a user engages with multiple virtual and physical environments simultaneously. Addressing this gap remains an open issue that affects the user experience and must be overcome to increase overall utility of the metaverse. This article presents design frameworks that consider how to address the metaverse as a hyper-connected meta-environment that connects and expands multiple user environments, modalities, contexts, and the many objects and relationships within them. This article contributes to i) a framing of the metaverse as a social XR-IoT (XRI) concept, ii) design Considerations for XRI metaverse experiences, iii) a design architecture for social multi-user XRI metaverse environments, and iv) descriptive exploration of social interaction scenarios within XRI multi-user metaverses. These contribute a new design framework for metaverse researchers and creators to consider the coming wave of interconnected and immersive smart environments.