The city of Orlando, Florida has partnered with game engine maker Unity Technologies to create a digital twin of the city. Orlando is looking to become a hub for the metaverse, Web3, augmented reality, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, gaming, and simulation training, according to the city’s Chief Innovation Officer, David Adelson.
“Orlando, for as long as I can remember has always been defined as one thing: The Magic Kingdom,” said Adelson. “And so what’s interesting is that in the background of all of that, which is great stuff, there has been innovation and technology. For each one of the sectors and the building blocks that make up the metaverse, Orlando has been playing in them for a really long time.”
The city’s economic development group, the Orlando Economic Partnership, is now working with Unity to create a digital twin of 800 square mile metro area using 3D technology. Unity’s rendering will capture 3D scans of exteriors and interiors or buildings, even helping with the analysis of power grid expansions, traffic flow, stoplight timing, and climate change.
The project is certainly a long-term endeavor; one Adelson realizes may take several years to accomplish, but he doesn’t mind. He says that it may take time for a new generation to adapt to the changes in the metaverse and discover all the exciting features and activities it has to offer.
“We are seeing how the new generation is beginning to adapt,” said Adelson.
(All information was provided by VentureBeat)
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