Nvidia Corp (NVDA.O), a tech giant, has promised to give out its Omniverse software free for creators and artists building virtual worlds for the metaverse. The Ominiverse software is a real-time 3D design collaboration and virtual world simulation platform where creators work to create virtual items.
During the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the company revealed that it had rolled out new integrations and features for the product, known as “metaverse for engineers.” Some of the new features added include Nucleus Cloud, a one-click collaboration tool, as well as new connectors, extensions and asset libraries from different Nvidia’s partners.
Some of the partners involved in developing the advanced Omniverse features include 3D marketplaces TurboSquid by Shutterstock, CGTrader, Sketchfab and other digital asset libraries. Marketplaces like e-on software’s PlantCatalog, Reallusion’s ActorCore and Daz3D will also be releasing Omniverse-ready assets soon.
Nvidia, however, has provided no information on the financial arrangements with the digital content marketplaces and libraries. Most top tech companies with massive audiences for their software tend to charge some fee or commissions to creators who sell to their users.
How does Ominverse help creators?
Ominverse provides designers and creators with a platform to create 3D assets and scenes using their computers. The software combines scalable computing, graphics, simulation tools and artificial intelligence (AI) to connect different 3D designs. Omniverse helps in merging worlds created from incompatible tools into a shared virtual scene.
Omniverse can be used by designers to create simple avatars or allow several engineers to work on complex machinery before releasing the physical version. By bringing different apps together, Omniverse helps cut down on the time needed for the different steps like designing, creation and scene creation, which has to follow a sequence.
Omniverse was first launched early last year in a beta version before a paid version for enterprises was unveiled in November. Nvidia has confirmed that the software has more than 100,000 downloads.
Speaking at a presentation at Computex last summer, Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang said the company is envisioning “many types of metaverses.” The leading ones included the NFT-based augmented reality-backed version and the video games version.
What does the free and improved Omniverse mean for Metaverse?
Metaverse is currently one of the leading blockchain inventions. The platform has been touted as the future of the internet dubbed web3.0. It will allow people to trade, meet and even do other things virtually.
Already, several top companies are looking to take part in Metaverse. Meta (formerly Facebook) is one of the leading companies to have embraced the new internet. In changing its name to Meta it shows it is already focusing on the future of the internet. Adidas and Time Magazine are also other companies already with stakes in Metaverse.
Like the current internet that relies on coders for development, the Metaverse also needs creators and designers. Omniverse provides the ideal platform for creators to develop the needed infrastructure and tools in Metaverse. The free access allows access for more developers while the new advanced features make for faster development and more detailed work leading to better web3.0 exploration.
With platforms like Omniverse becoming more accessible, web3.0 can become a reality faster than envisioned.