The Dividing of the Metaverse: Meta against Varzo and Nvidia | Technology

The Dividing of the Metaverse: Meta against Varzo and Nvidia | Technology
The Dividing of the Metaverse: Meta against Varzo and Nvidia 

Meta Vs Varzo and Nvidia: The Dividing of the Metaverse

With last week's announcement that the Verzo Reality Cloud was out of beta and now in full release, we basically have two Metaverse camps: Meta, which is focused on consumer and revenue, and its wireless Oculus headset.  is defined by the performance limits associated with;  And the Varjo-Nvidia approach is where performance is king, business is the primary focus, and the result is very close to the Star Trek Holodeck goal of what is projected to be the ultimate Metaverse photorealistic experience the market is poised to want.

Let's talk about that dynamic this week.  Then we'll kick off with our product of the week - the Dell Precision 7770 - a mobile workstation that can be used to build high-end metaverses and allows for an engineer to handle all the boxes remotely or in hybrid mode primarily on a single device.  Using Borrow ticks off the desk or huddle room when in the office.

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The Meta is often focused primarily on making a bad decision by its founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Mark Zuckerberg looking good.  In this case, there was an internal dispute between Zuckerberg and how the company's Metaverse effort would run.  The former leadership wants to focus on high quality, while Zuckerberg wants to focus on affordability—which is kind of ironic given how wealthy the man is.

In general, and we've seen this over and over again in the tech market, especially with VR efforts, the path Microsoft has taken with its AR solution, HoloLens, is the best.  First, focus on getting the product right and providing it to businesses that can afford the extra cost.  Then reduce costs and eventually (HoloLens apparently hasn't entered this stage yet) reduce costs so that the price adapts to a wider and increasingly consumer-focused market.

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Meta's Oculus headset features a reasonably priced consumer solution that's fine for a lot of games, but when it comes to rendering the Metaverse, the quality of the results looks cartoony and targets the virtual reality segment and photorealistic goals for current audiences.  well away from.  In short, the Oculus headset, while impressive, doesn't perform to make up for the level of VR needed for immersion, and immersion is what people are looking for with the Metaverse. 

One very troubling aspect of Meta's approach appears to be overcharging developers for their Metaverse implementations in exchange for the privilege of operating on the platform.  It's all about gaining critical mass in developers.  Starting with the assumption that they are overcharging will undoubtedly prompt developers to find another low-cost platform on which to sell their solutions.

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Varjo and Nvidia

These two companies are not in competition.  Varjo makes the best professional grade VR headsets in the market.  Nvidia's Metaverse effort, which largely encapsulates its Omniverse tool set, is aggressively closing the gap to photorealistic experiences.

Varzo Cloud and Nvidia's cloud resources also engage and use developers to ensure that there is enough content and that both users and developers can access that content as needed.  Unlike Meta, Nvidia and Varzo seem to be more about providing access at this stage than trying to milk every penny out of the people they want to develop on their respective platforms.

Unlike Meta, both Varzo and Nvidia have featured avatars and images that are virtually indistinguishable from reality, with one exception: Varzo's human-looking avatars do not yet have the ability to show emotion.

While they are far more graphically realistic than Meta's cartoonish effort, their lack of emotion puts them on the wrong side of the supernatural canyon.

Nvidia is showing avatars that can be soulful and are far more realistic.

This implies that the two companies, if they collaborate more closely, can help each other solve realism problems and, by working together, they can get the ball rolling toward that hyper-realistic metaverse future.  We can take it, for which we are all trying.

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Wrapping up

Conceptually, both Meta and Nvidia and Varzo are on different pages when it comes to price and capabilities for their respective Metaverse solutions.

Meta is all about low entry price and physical convenience, while pricing its services for developers on its emerging Meta platform.  Both Nvidia and Varzo are far more focused on the goal of a photorealistic experience, and have chosen the professional market as the first target that can fund it today. 

I think the result is that a lot of consumers will be disappointed with their first experiences at MetaCloud. But, already, developers are praising the efforts of Nvidia and Varzo (Varzo also announced that Volvo will be collaborating on new cars). 

The Metaverse is coming.  My hope is that Facebook won't do what 3D TV did and quickly destroy the concept for consumers, but clearly the professional space is well taken care of by companies like Varjo and Nvidia.

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Dell Precision 7770 Mobile Workstation

I'm constantly on the lookout for home office products that address the new post-pandemic work-from-home general.  Given that people who are mostly working from home and either never go to work or go to the office occasionally, they are more interested in screen real estate and performance than battery life, the ideal size while  The rest of the portable is between 16 and 20 inches, not 15 inches or smaller like most laptops.

Last week, Dell launched three Latitude Precision mobile workstations:

  • 9330 - It's on the sweet spot with portability, with a 13-inch screen that I think fits the market better the way it was pre-pandemic.
  • The 7670 with a 16-inch screen is pretty close to my big screen ideal;  And
  • The 7770 that comes with a 17.3-inch screen falls into my new sweet spot for hybrids and remote-only folks who work from home.

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Dell's Latitude Precision 7770 is a workstation-class product, which means it's targeted at engineers, but has a variety of configurations that could make it attractive to a wider range of remote workers. 

For example, with Intel i5 Core and Intel integrated graphics in its basic configuration, it will be fine for the average productive worker working from home who needs that big screen but doesn't need the display.

Or, it can be configured with up to an Intel i9 and an Nvidia GeForce RTC 3080Ti for optimum performance that should keep an engineer happy, but would also be great for gaming (not that any employee is on their company's PC).  Would ever think of gaming).

As a result, depending on the configuration chosen, when it comes to productivity or performance for a user working from home, the Dell Latitude Precision 7770 laptop may be the closest to an ideal product, which is an impressively wide audience that includes  Productivity includes workers, engineers, and even those who love sports.

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The workstation category product isn't a cheap date, but it usually comes with the best security, management tools, and the highest amount of storage (up to 16TB).  As you'd expect, this laptop comes with a Windows Hello compliant camera, dual array microphones with noise suppression, and a 500-nit screen, which is at least bright enough to use outside in the shadows (I'm still straight  I will avoid the sun).  NFC and smart card reader are optional, and Wi-Fi 6e and Bluetooth 5.2 are both included.

As for sustainability, this laptop is an EPEAT Gold-registered product and uses 100% recycled plastic and cardboard in the packaging.  Finally, given the potential for high-performance configurations, this laptop has one of the most advanced cooling systems Dell has put in the field, making it cool for your hands, but it also heats up your lap.  could.  One of my favorite Dell features on this laptop is the "wake on approach" that blanks the screen when you leave and starts the sign in process when it sees you enter your workspace.

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I believe the best post-pandemic laptop is the one that addresses the current work requirements of performance and screen size, and the Dell Precision 7770 Mobile Workstation does it well and, as a result, is my Product of the Week.

Source: Rob Enderle, ECT News Network, Tech News World, Direct News 99