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Billboard Music Awards To Give First Ever Award Show NFT

Trae tha Truth is receiving the Change Maker Award at the 2021 Billboard Music Awards. To honor this recognition the Awards partnerd with Trae for the award show’s first NFT. Three NFTs commemorating the ocassion are being sold on Bitski and profits of the sale will benefit the artist’s Angel by Nature non-profit which provides community relief to the Houston area.

Snap Launches AR Spectales, Pushes Further Into Fashion/eCommerce and Buys WaveOptics

During this week’s Snap Partner Summit, CEO Evan Spiegel, announced the release of new Spectacles that include AR capabilities and that are only available to a select number of creators. Snap’s Carolina Arguelles also gave everyone a glimpse of some of the current collaborations Snap has in the works with fashion brands like Piaget, Farfetch, MAC, and Prada as Snap continues to integrate AR and eCommerce and push the envelope of what’s possible with AR, retail and even virtual fashion. Snap also announced it’s acquiring WaveOptics for more than $500 million. WaveOptics has been Snap’s display supplier.

Dimension Studio Previews AKUMA, Short Film Created In Unreal Engine Staring MetaHumans

Dimension Studio, in collaboration with Vicon motion capture systems has released a sneak preview of short film AKUMA about a samurai meeting his demon. It is scheduled for release in June 2021. The film is being created using Unreal Engine and star virtual humans created using Unreal’s photorealistic MetaHuman Creator.

New Virtual Collaboration: “Fortnite X NBA: The Crossover”

The “NBA Welcome Hub” will open May 25th as an NBA themed experience in Fortnite‘s Creative Mode. “Fortnite x NBA: The Crossover” will also include NBA outfits for all 30 teams, “Team Battles” competition, NBA player themed “Locker Bundles” and more. Fortnite and the NBA have been in discussion about doing a collaboration for almost 2 years and are now talking future continued collaborations.

Audi Spinoff Holoride To Launch NFTs And Use Elrond Blockchain

In-vehicle XR passenger entertainment experience Holoride, syncs to the motion and location of the vehicle, so VR content adjusts to vehicle motion. The Audi spinoff plans to use the Elrond blockchain and NFTs to incentivize developers into creating more content for the platform.

Roomkey Will Hold Social Entrepreneurship Festival Featuring Biz Stone

On May 27 Twitter cofounder and RoomKey investor Biz Stone will host the “Social Entrepreneurship Festival” talking about social entrepreneurship during the pandemic. Roomkey intends to host themed shows around subjects including entrepreneurship, venture capital, musicians, diversity, podcasts, fundraisers, and more. Roomkey intends to focus on more intimate gatherings with its 40-avatar limit, with an option to livestream the conversations to the outside world.

Rook Perfumes Releasing NFT Fragrance With “Scent The Metaverse” Project

Rook Perfumes is partnering with NFT platform Lily & Piper on the project to collaborate with 100 NFT investors to create a new perfume over a period of 4 months. “Scent the Metaverse” will involve the NFT investors via drop-in chats, learning sessions, interactive games, voting, and Metaverse trips. Everyone will receive the limited-edition unisex perfume, co-creation rights and a NFT of the label artwork.

Law Firm Releases Its Guide To The Metaverse & Lawyers Are Now Talking About Metaverse Law

Reed Smith LLP is a global law firm employing more than 1,500 in the United States, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia. The 76-page whitepaper, “Reed Smith Guide to the Metaverse”, includes information on the concept of the Metaverse and its legal implications in the areas of intellectual property, data protection & privacy, content licensing, ownership and more.

Deutsche Telekom Unveils Project FutureProof

This week Deutsche Telekom released Project Futureproof, a platform to support Gen Z to identify future careers and uncover skills. The project was endoresed by Billie Eilish and encompasses a diverse range of digitally-focused, tailored youth support initiatives across Deutsche Telekom’s European footprint. The project was developed in collaboration with Gen Z contributors and skills and employability experts. Will today’s youth be the future’s Chief Tomorrow Officers?

Snap Bringing Disney Magic To Selfies

Disney Parks and Snap are collaborating with new Snap lenses to bring augmented reality to the Walt Disney World resort in Orlando. The AR selfie effects include holding virtual Disney park balloons, wearing Mickey Mouse ears and a hug from a virtual Mickey Mouse. This an important addition to Disney parks and their ongoing efforts to create the Disney Metaverse.

Metaverse Alliance Launching In South Korea

South Korea’s ICT ministry is launching a metaverse alliance between 17 of the country’s industry leaders including wireless carrier SK TelecomKorea Mobile Internet Business Association and Hyundai Motor. The alliance will collaborate on ethical and cultural practices as well as sharing technology trends like artificial intelligence, augmented reality, virtual reality, 5G and cloud computing to launch metaverse development projects.

 Swedish Singer Zara Larsson Released Album “Poster Girl: Summer Edition” In Roblox

The Dance Party themed experience includes mini games, exclusive merch, emotes, an avatar bundle, and more. Zara Larsson avatar performs a selection of tracks, including her new album title track, “Poster Girl”, as well as past tracks “Lush Life” and “Never Forget You”. Jon Vlassopulos, Vice President and Global Head of Music for Roblox, said “Roblox Launch Parties continue to be the best way for artists to reach millions of fans over a weekend, connecting them and their music in unparalleled fun, interactive, and immersive ways.”

Danny Green Championship Ring NFT Drop Includes PORTL Hologram Machine

The 3-time NBA Champion Danny Green’s 2020 NBA Championship Ring to be minted and sold on NFT platform and marketplace New Renaissance. Drop to include a PORTL display to show off the NFT. PORTL beams 4K resolution, volumetric projections, frequently referred to as holograms, famously used to beam P. Diddy from Miami to LA so he could participate in his son King Combs’ birthday party.

More Metaverse Headlines Include:

  • TeamViewer introduced a new mobile app called lifeAR for the consumer market. The app enables users to interact with each other through location-aware AR annotations.
  • Trigger joined the Global XR Content Telco Alliance as the first partner in the Alliance to focus on creating immersive AR experiences with premium IP for the Telecom giants.
  • NBC’s Today Show featured VR being used by seniors to cope with isolation and depression during the pandemic highlighting Carleigh Berryman’s work with her startup Viva Vita.
  • Epic Games sued Chinese-based XR hardware company, Nreal, over trademark infringement due to the company’s name.
  • During this week’s Google I/O, Google unveiled Project Starline for 3D telepresense and added augmented reality versions of athletes like Simone Biles, Megan Rapinoe, and Naomi Osaka to search.
  • Spatial computing startup ARKH will be releasing an augmented reality wearable ring in early 2022 that will be linked to a Hub and will provide health screenings as well as potential AR shopping capabilities.

 This edition of Metaverse Weekly was created with the help of Rob Crasco.



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