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Metaverse cannot exist without avatars

As Metaverse brings together thousands of apps and different virtual world platforms, your own avatar under different apps or platforms can act as your single point of entry and persistent identity for you to explore, interact and engage in the Metaverse.

In Hinduism, an avatar or avatara, is the incarnation (bodily manifestation) of an Immortal Being, or of the Ultimate Supreme Being. It derives from the Sanskrit word 'avatara' which means "descent" and usually implies a deliberate descent into mortal realms for special purposes.

In computing, avatars were popularised in the ‘80s as an on-screen representation of internet users and gamers in particular. The 1985 game called Ultima IV: Quest of the Avatar firmly established the need for on-screen representation of users that would bring a degree of verisimilitude.

Technically, avatars can take on any shape or form as long as they have humanoid features such as moveable limbs, upper and lower torsos, and a face capable of expression. With these prerequisites, your avatar may look as similar to or as different from your appearance in the real world. VR applications across the industry have their own take on avatars, which are rendered as per the needs of a specific use case.

Let’s listen to my digital twin, Dr Kate’s avatar singing a song sung by Dr Kate Kwan.


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