The new metaverse government body is set to drive open metaverse interoperability.
A group of 37 companies from various industries including major players in the 3D internet like Meta, Microsoft, NVIDIA, Epic Games, Sony, and Unity has teamed up to form The Metaverse Standards Forum – a metaverse government body aimed to create interoperability standards needed to build the open metaverse.
The list of founding members also includes 0xSenses, Academy Software Foundation, Adobe, Alibaba, Autodesk, Avataar, Blackshark.ai, CalConnect, Cesium, Daly Realism, Disguise, the Enosema Foundation, the Express Language Foundation, Huawei, IKEA, John Peddie Research, Khronos, Lamina1, Maxon, OpenAR Cloud, the Open Geospatial Consortium, Otoy, Perey Research and Consulting, Qualcomm Technologies, Ribose, Spatial Web Foundation, VerseMaker, Wayfair, the Web3D Consortium, the World Wide Web Consortium, and the XR Association (XRA).
The companies will work together to establish agreed protocols and standards for the metaverse connection focusing on such projects as implementation prototyping, hackathons, plugfests, and open-source tooling and developing consistent terminology and deployment guidelines.
According to the founding members, the Forum will also explore "where the lack of interoperability is holding back metaverse deployment and how the work of Standards Developing Organizations (SDOs) defining and evolving needed standards may be coordinated and accelerated."
The Metaverse Standards Forum will be managed by the Khronos Group and will bring together leading organizations and companies in the space. It is open to any company, organization, or university and offers free membership available through a click-through participant agreement.
"The metaverse will bring together diverse technologies, requiring a constellation of interoperability standards, created and maintained by many standards organizations," Khronos' president Neil Trevett said. "The Metaverse Standards Forum is a unique venue for coordination between standards organizations and industry, with a mission to foster the pragmatic and timely standardization that will be essential to an open and inclusive metaverse."
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