All about MetaHKUST

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The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST) recently announced its plans to open the world’s first physical-digital twin campuses in the metaverse. Called MetaHKUST, the mixed virtual reality classroom will enable students from different places to attend classes like they were in the same class and the metaverse campus will also host the launch of Hong Kong University’s new Guangzhou campus. 

The metaverse campus comes as an effort from Hong Kong University to embrace the rapidly evolving Web3 space. MetaHKUST will serve as an extended reality (XR) campus for both HKUST and its Guangzhou campus. The first event of the Hong Kong University metaverse will take place in September, with the opening of the Guangzhou campus. 

Hong Kong University has set up a long-term development plan for its metaverse campus. Initially, it will install physical infrastructures such as XR classrooms, sensors, cameras, and visualization tools. At the same time, it will invite university members to take part in a crowdsourced scanning of the physical campuses. This will help provide images for the virtual campus and once an ecosystem is established, members will be able to create content, such as their avatars. They can also create NFTs, tokens, or digital art. In fact, some of this may even be incorporated with augmented reality (AR) for viewing on physical campuses.

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