June 30, 2022 · less than 3 min read
There’s more to Orlando than meets the eye.
Be there in spirit
Kids begging to take you to Orlando? Well, soon they can go virtually. And the best bit is you won’t even need to go with them.
Orlando has put itself forward as a test for the metaverse. If things go well, it could be the first physical city with a digital twin. Unity Technologies is currently using 3D technology to map out everything from buildings (inside and out) to infrastructure. Metaverse critics may soon have to eat their own words.
The home of the Magic Kingdom. The home of tech. The gaming epicenter. It makes sense – Orlando has been pushing the limits of reality for decades, and it wants to stay at the forefront. But it’s not all unicorns and Mickey Mouse.
Orlando wants to be seen as the hub for Web3, the metaverse, augmented reality, virtual reality, and AI. All the work that has gone into creating Orlando’s theme parks has pushed its way in front of other cities on the innovation front, but it has got to keep moving. When (or if) the city has a digital twin, it could pave the way for more intelligent defense, traffic flow, power grid infrastructure, and climate change adaptations. Maybe the idea of the metaverse isn’t so scary, after all.
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