Decentraland Launches First Metaverse ATM
On Tuesday, 2nd August, metaverse saw the launch of its first ATM. The ATM was born from a collaboration between Decentraland, Transak and Metaverse Architect Studio, and it is the world’s first metaverse ATM. The metaverse, as it were, is growing in leaps and bounds, re-creating the real world and turning it completely virtual, immersive and interoperable. Currently, businesses are announcing the opening of pharmacies, banks and other forms of enterprises. This first ATM is no longer an announcement, but a stark reality. Through the Transak ATM, customers can now buy Decentraland’s native cryptocurrency ‘MANA,’ as well as any other cryptocurrency, using fiat currency from within the metaverse. Decentraland 8s a browser-based 3D virtual world platform and the aim of this collaboration with Transek is to improve the metaverse user experience by simulating ATM transactions in the real world.
Manchester City Decides to Unveil New Third kit on the Metaverse
Of all Premier League football clubs, Manchester City is one of the most active in embracing new technologies. They have shown this again by being one of the first to embrace the metaverse. It was one of the first Premier League clubs to install Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) throughout its stadium. It also set the pace in developing android apps for its fans. It has decided to take its pace-setting to the next level by choosing to launch its third kit for the 2022/2023 season in the metaverse.
The plan is to carry out the launch on Roblox. As it is, Roblox is becoming the platform of choice for companies who are dabbling into virtual experiences, Man City partnered with Puma to unveil the team’s third jersey – a yellow and blue striped number that is available already. According to the manufacturer, the actual colors of the jersey are ‘fizzy light’ and ‘Parisian night’. However, the metaverse event saw the Puma and the Land of Games arena in Roblox reskinned. The home kit has been added to the Roblox metaverse experience, and users who visit and win in the Football Rush game for the next two weeks will receive a digital version of the new third kit jersey. It will also be on sale in the Puma gear shop for use in Roblox. The following are the words of Serena Gosling, Manchester City’s Director of Retail:
“It is exciting that we’re able to work with Puma to announce the launch of our first kit in the metaverse today. As a club, we’re continually exploring new ways to innovate, collaborate and use the latest technology in order to challenge ourselves to ensure we engage with all areas of our fan base, particularly our younger audiences who are the next generation of fans,”
Hong Kong University of Science and Technology to Launch Metaverse Campuses
The Hong Kong government is making moves to take education to the metaverse through its University of Science and Technology (HKUST). The institution has announced plans to launch digital replicas of the its two campuses via a metaverse platform. The platform is named MetaHKUST and it is set to open in September. It hopes to use extended reality (XR) technology to provide an immersive study experience that will connect student and research activities across geographical locations.
HKUST maintains two campuses in Hong Kong and Guangzhou. It seems that this move was necessitated by travel restrictions that were imposed by the COVID-19. MetaHKUST will solve this issue by allowing students to visit both campuses virtually. The university will also use the platform to exchange information and administrative procedures, allowing for blockchain-backed diplomas and transcripts to be awarded as NFTs and events to be held on the metaverse platform.
The project is being spearheaded by Prof. Wang Yang, HKUST Vice President for Institutional Advancement who is also the projects lead, and Prof. Pan Hui, Chair Professor of Computational Media and Arts at HKUST (Guangzhou) and Director of the Center for Metaverse and Computational Creativity (MC2) at HKUST.