A metaverse is the four-dimension Internet of the future. It was a popular notion, and just in a few months, it grew up to become a potential industry worth trillions of dollars. A new world of digital opportunities and enormous gains are on the horizon. This article will tell you about hiring metaverse developers, which will help you become a part of a new and promising industry.
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What is a Metaverse?
In 99% of cases, you can use the word ‘internet’ to replace ‘metaverse,’ which will not distort the sentence's meaning. Are you wondering why everyone is using the new word? As a renowned professional in AR and VR — Doug Thompson said: ‘We use this term as a proxy to feel that the change is near’. To be more precise, the Internet is about to change and become something we consider science fiction.
Perhaps, the prime change would affect the interaction of the users with the Internet, content, and digital devices. Now, we use graphical user interfaces (GUI). These interfaces show the functions and the content as common folders, windows, icons, and other graphic elements. We control these interfaces using a mouse, keyboard, touchscreen, gamepad, etc.
In a metaverse, the users will have a 3D interface not named yet by a specific notion. To interact with the computer, internet, and content, the user will use their body (fingers, legs, etc.) as the heroes of the ‘Ready player one film. The 3D interfaces were developed earlier and found their employment, yet they will be the fundamental technology that all users will use by default in the metaverses.
The transition from graphical to dimensional user interface is the ground idea of all metaverse definitions. Instead of peering into the mobile or computer screen, it will put us ‘inside’ the internet. The other changes are not that tremendous, yet it is worth mentioning their impact on the skills the developers should have to work on metaverse and related projects and instruments successfully.
Ground technologies for metaverses
To develop a metaverse or a related solution, it requires technologies like blockchain, virtual reality(VR) and augmented reality (AR), Internet of Things (IoT), dimensional computing, and 5G. If you intend to hire a development company, always search for specialists that have deep knowledge of these technologies. Here is a brief description of the relation and influence of these technologies on metaverses.
1. Blockchain, cryptocurrency, NFT
The blockchain technology in metaverses provides the digital ownership rights for digital assets and tokenized physical assets. Cryptocurrencies allow transferring value swiftly while communicating or working in a digital environment. A range of assets in metaverses, like digital objects and avatars, can be implemented as NFTs that users can trade.
For instance, you can use cryptocurrency to buy and sell virtual land in Decentraland represented in NFTs. The purchase will be noted in the blockchain, which guarantees security.
2. Virtual and augmented realities
VR and AR can offer the users a new, exciting experience of communication and interaction in virtual space. If the technology thrives, the experience will be even more outstanding compared to the real world since the metaverse has no limits and boundaries. Furthermore, AR and VR devices are the keys to the metaverse worlds.
Augmented reality complements the real world on the users’ device with visual elements that enrich the real world with pieces that exist only in the digital world. An example is the Pokémon Go video game. In the metaverse, everything will be more remarkable, reacher, and more accurate.
The virtual reality functions differently. It creates 3D virtual spaces that users can dive into using VR helmets and other devices. The VR spaces have no limits, and they can represent a real-world or a fantasy one, like Tolkien’s Saga or a Flatland world (Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions).
An example of augmented reality. Source.
Hence, the knowledge of developing or reconstructing 3D spaces and content for virtual and augmented realities is obligatory for metaverse developers. In other words, they should know the following platforms: Oculus, HTC Vive, PlayStation VR, or analogs. Furthermore, the developer should have the skills in 3D modeling and experience in working with Unreal Engine, Unity, or Blender.
An example of VR implementation. Source.
3. Spatial user interfaces
Now, special VR controllers and cameras for scanning the users’ movements in real-time (like Kinect for Xbox) are the most popular means of control in virtual worlds. In the future, we will see the development of interfaces that will allow controlling the computer and the smartphone using the brain signals, i.e., with the power of thought.
Expectedly, this technology will cover the video gaming market and other industries. The experts believe that in the mid of 2030, scientists will create brain-computer interfaces that will connect to the neocortex. The neocortex is a part of the human brain responsible for cognitive functions. According to Ray Kurzweil, several companies are working on brain computers currently. Neurolink, NextMind, and Neurable are the most famous examples of this type of project.
Hence, if you plan to focus on the long-term, you must consider looking for responsible specialists. Yet, these are not necessary neurobiologists specializing in this question.
For example, a neurobiologist and a programmer from the technical university of Berlin developed a mod for Skyrim that uses a neuroband for meditation (a simple electroencephalograph) to control the magic spells in the game.
4. Artificial intelligence and machine learning
The artificial intelligence technology can simplify the development of metaverse elements like characters, landscapes, buildings, scenarios, etc. Some instruments are already developed, yet their function in the future will be more significant, and the tools will be easier to use and more accessible. For instance, Meta (former Facebook) showed how a user creates a world while communicating with AI in one of their presentations.
Furthermore, AI in metaverses can help manage non-player characters to automatize the purchases on the internet like food, essentials, and consumables for printers, etc. Also, artificial intelligence can become an unbiased referee that will solve disputes and disagreements between users of the metaverse.
The developer should know several programming languages to be able to deploy AI models and other solutions, namely Python, C++, and R. Moreover, the developer must know how to deal with machine learning (ML) algorithms and deep learning (DL). Also, a benefit is experienced in working with artificial intelligence systems, like TensorFlow, Caffe, or PyTorch.
5. Internet of Things (IoT)
The Internet of Things in metaverses must collect and process data from the real world and manage real devices with metaverse’s interfaces. In other words, IoT connects the virtual and real worlds. A simple example is that you type a text on your virtual laptop in a metaverse (for instance, during a VR conference), the reader is simultaneously copied to your actual laptop; in a metaverse, you tap the ‘Print’ button, and the documents are printed on your existing printer.
Implementing this type of IoT system requires the developers to have considerable skills and knowledge. So, if you take the typical five-layer IoT architecture as a basis. The development team must be knowledgeable in the following:
How to hire a metaverse developer?
Some experienced metaverse and related application and instrument development companies on LinkedIn, Clutch, Goodfirms, Toptal, and Upwork. If your project is focused on blockchain, cryptocurrencies, or NFT you should check BountyOne, Blocktribe.com, Cryptojobslist.com, Coinality, Beincrypto, Crypto.jobs, and other freelance platforms oriented on blockchain and cryptocurrencies. Pay attention to the following while selecting the best candidate:
Expertise. The development of the meta-universe and related products requires a lot of experience and specific knowledge in artificial intelligence, 3D modeling, VR and AR technologies, spatial computing, blockchain, and many other areas of IT development. Therefore, the team you choose must be good at programming and understand the specifics of all the sectors mentioned above IT. In addition, if you want to create, for example, a financial application, it is also very desirable that the candidate you decide also has successful experience in this area.
The easiest way to check a potential candidate's level of expertise and skills is to examine their portfolio. You need to check the number of projects and compare it to the size of the development team: a small development team should not have 100 cases per year, nor should a large group have 2 cases per year, unless it is something huge. In addition to this, you should also look for cases in your chosen niche in the candidates' portfolio. For example, if you want to launch a cryptocurrency trading platform or NFT, you need a developer who has already created NFT marketplaces and crypto exchanges.
Feedback and clients’ comments. Your next step should be to check candidate reviews on Goodfirms, Clutch, and LinkedIn. On these sites, you can check what their past customers have written about candidates and what their current and former employees have written about them. You'll find these reviews on WorkAdvisor, Fairygodboss, CareerBliss, JobAdvisor, Vault, JobAdvisor, and other local online platforms.
A case of a cryptocurrency exchange development. Source:Merehead
But keep in mind that many such reviews may be false, so look for reviews that have information about the author: name, surname, place of work, position, and link to social networks; this will at least slightly increase the honesty of such a review since the author is then responsible for its honesty with his reputation.
An example of proper feedback on Clutch.co where there is information about the author: name and surname, workplace, work post, and a brief description of the case.
The team. Developing a metaverse (even if it is a game meta-universe) is a significant and complex project, so it should be handled by large teams, not by a small group of freelancers. You should also understand that the size of this team will change as the project develops - from a small group in pre-production to a large team of programmers, designers, and testers at the main stage of the meta-universe development.
The cybersecurity requirements. Hacks and data breaches are significant problems in all IT industries, and the meta-village sector will be no exception. If you want to reduce the risks of these threats. In that case, you need to hire a meta-village developer with high cybersecurity expertise. This expertise must be proven in practice - the company's previously created products must not be seen to leak data, hack, steal money, and the like.
Why is Merehead the right choice?
Since 2015 our company has offered extensive technological support for software development in blockchain, finances, marketing, social networks, artificial intelligence, Game-Fi, and VR/AR realities.
Here are the metaverse development services we offer:
- Metaverse development
- Developing a trading platform for Metaverse NFT
- A Metaverse estate platform development
- Metaverse integration services
- The development and reconstruction of 3D spaces
- Metaverse social networks development
- Metaverse games, 3D-models for games
- 3D-models and avatars for metaverse
- Other Metaverse solutions
The advantages of cooperating with us
Our team has extensive knowledge and experience in various areas of software development, which allows us to create innovative Metaverse solutions and related products.
Honesty and transparency
We care about the copyright of our clients, so we are always willing to sign a non-disclosure agreement to keep the business idea confidential and protect the copyright of the customer.
Straightforward project management
We use a flexible interaction model, which ensures full project transparency and allows the customer to monitor the progress of development and promptly make any necessary changes.
Security and reliability
Our software solutions have a high degree of reliability and protection against all kinds of malicious actions from DDoS attacks to hacking
- Define your purpose. In the first step, we gather information about your business idea. We conduct business analysis and study the market, target audience, and competitors. We draw up the terms of reference for development and NDA.
- Development of the UI/UX design. Next, our specialists use the collected information to create an inefficient user interface, optimize user flows, and form the brand identity as a whole.
- Writing the program code. When all this is ready, a team of experienced programmers proceeds to translate the concept of your meta-universe into the program code. In addition to the traditional backend and frontend, this stage may include creating a machine learning model and smart contracts.
- Product testing. Almost as soon as the first lines of the meta-universe code are written, QA experts work and check it for errors and bugs. In addition, they also test the functionality, usability, quality of content, and load of the future product.
- Deployment, release. After comprehensive testing of the software code in the meta-universe, it is moved from the working environment to the production environment. If the development includes creating a mobile application, it is added to the App Store, Google Play, and other marketplaces listings.