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4SPACE is using Augmented Reality to Architect The Metaverse

15 Aug. 2022

The Metaverse is the evolution of the internet, if we consider that an entity already has an online presence. Getting ready to go virtual and make a shift of perspectives, and freeing the mind, is all you need.

That’s why the Dubai-based studio 4SPACE design has launched Meta4Space, a metaverse design department and consultancy for firms wanting to enter the metaverse, to help and guide architects, interior and game designers and developers and help them find the right tool and team of experts who have already demonstrated substantial success in the design industry.

According to Firas Alsahin, co-founder and design director at 4SPACE Design, “4SPACE architects are forward-thinking and already acquiring an entirely new set of skills to replace traditional architectural drawings with three-dimensional modeling software, non-fungible token design, and augmented reality technology.

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Augmented Reality

AR is a technology that superimposes the computer-generated image on the user's view to the real world, it can be experienced thru a VR headset or your phone. Imagine you have a chair made out of flower petals with angel wings attached to it, sitting in your living room, designers can really overlay style on top of the physical world by using AR technology.

The idea of having an unlimited furniture collection with unlimited of colors and materials and without no negative impact on the environment. Imagine the pattern on your walls moving or an NFT Mural in a restaurant coming alive when you look through your phone.

Unlike virtual reality, augmented reality is not limited to a wearable device and is being tested and implemented on phones, projectors, and PCs alike in addition to AR glasses or AR headsets.

At this year's edition of INDEX, 4SPACE brought a new way of experiencing art in Augmented Reality, and as a first step into a Metaverse world, they designed “INDEX in the Metaverse” mural

The Augmented Reality Mural offers a cutting-edge public art experience showcasing an Art mural for what we imagine will be INDEX in the Metaverse.

When you look at the AR mural, the eye only will tell half of the story, to see the full picture, you need to scan the QR code and hold your mobile phone's camera toward the AR mural to see it comes alive using Instagram app, The digital interactive piece was embedded with archways that resemble INDEX allies and elements resembling INDEX exhibition from lighting, furniture, homeware, surface materials, and technology.

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In the near future, users will be able to use AR smart glasses which are wearable computer-capable glasses that add extra information, ideally 3D images and information such as animations and videos, to the user’s real-world scenes by overlaying the computer-generated or digital information on the user’s real-world. It can retrieve information from computers, smartphones, or other devices and can support WiFi, Bluetooth, and GPS

In the Metaverse, architecture and interiors can be explored purely as art, providing architects an opportunity to evolve as Metaspace designers, setting them apart from their traditional roles. It’s an idea that once seemed far-fetched but is slowly becoming a reality, or at least a virtual one.”

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COSENTINO Augmented reality Mural designed by 4SPACE

When he's been asked, is the metaverse a trend rather than a long-term opportunity?

“It is similar to any culture change when people tend to be skeptical,”says Alsahin. “The same happened with the shift from Blackberry to smartphones—history gives us many examples. Remember that in 1990 nobody was buying online, now it seems impossible not to.”

“Eventually brands and businesses will be willing to be part of the next big thing because they will need to exist where their customers exist and to do that they need to invest in the virtual world ”