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Measuring the Metaverse Against Reality

Our upcoming webinar will sort the hype from the reality of leveraging virtual worlds.
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By Junko Yoshida

Pondering the “metaverse” tends to set people at odds, many left scratching their heads.

While enthusiasts are sold on the purported wonders the virtual world, there is an equal and opposite body of skeptics who can’t fathom why anyone would willingly wear, atop a pair of prescription glasses, another pair of (heavier) glasses. Add to this objection the prevailing perception that VR goggles are for gamers–in other words, kid stuff.

When the metaverse enters the conversation, the response is often much rolling of eyes, followed by confusion. The concept is so amorphous that it offers as many challenges as possibilities. Some even foresee the emergence of multiple versions of the metaverse.

Setting aside that skepticism (our upcoming webinar will address), one can’t deny the vast potential that augmented/virtual reality and the metaverse could bring to our lives.

Then there is the technology’s potential reach. The beauty of the virtual world, after all, isn’t just in escapism. Rather, it brings a new version of reality to those who can’t be there physically (via “teleporting”). In education, for instance, the technology could deliver the fundamentals of what must be learned more efficiently and effectively — in a way the real world cannot.

During the recent AutoSens automotive engineering conference in Brussels, we caught a promotional video by Valeo. The promo suggested virtual reality would enable your grandmother, physically unable to travel, to ride along on a trip from the comfort of her rocking chair while wearing VR googles. The grandkids in the back seat could converse virtually with Na-Na during the drive. We weren’t the only one’s who suddenly wanted VR!

All that and more will be discussed during the thought leadership webinar, “From AR/VR to Metaverse,” presented by Silicon Catalyst and the Ojo-Yoshida Report.

Skeptics are welcome. Our panelists, each bringing a unique perspective, will break down all things virtual. Our webinar will thoroughly explore the what, how and why of AR/VR and the metaverse.

Date: Wednesday, October 5, 2022

Time: 8:30 AM Pacific – 9:30 AM


  • Kelly Peng, CEO of AR glass maker Kura Technologies
  • DP Prakash, IBM and GlobalFoundries veteran and co-CEO of the innovation startup Youtopian
  • Neil Trevett, Nvidia’s vice president for developer ecosystems, and chair of the Metaverse Standards Forum

Junko Yoshida, editor-in-chief of the Ojo-Yoshida Report
Bolaji Ojo, publisher and managing editor of the Ojo-Yoshida Report

Reference materials:
The Ojo-Yoshida Report August “Month” Issue — From AR/VR to Metaverse (Register freee for full story access)

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