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Full Body VR Tracking Coming to Somnium Space

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Somnium Space has been at the technological forefront on what’s possible in online worlds, and they will soon implement full body tracking in VR. That would mean that everybody with for example an HTC Vive headset, would have all the body movements translated into virtual in-game movements. The avatar will dance as good as the actual person behind it does.

Full Body Tracking doesn’t only involve tracking the movement of your arms and legs, but also recognizes when users bend their body or move their fingers. Depending on the avatar that’s being used, the tools will also allow for lip syncing and eye tracking. This makes Full Body Tracking in VR absolutely incredible, just look at the video below.

A full body tracking Pro kit from HTC Vive costs around $1,200, or you could acquire another Steam VR compatible headset that has FBT options. If you want to go next level, there are companies already working on body suits of haptic feedback. Even though this isn’t implemented yet into Somnium Space, I will not be surprised of company boss Artur Sychov will be among the first to embrace the technology.

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Waterfront villa got more fancy

Land in Somnium Space is seeing lots of demand in recent months. Most likely demand for waterfront locations will increase even more. Last week they announced that it’s now possible to build on the water, allowing users to create a dock or perhaps build their home partly on the lake.

Overall Somnium Space has been making major moves in recent months. They now allow users to create, mint and sell custom avatars. If you’re interested in an avatar for the metaverse, take a look at our recent guide.

The virtual world of Somnium Space can be accessed through a web browser, while individual parcels also work on mobile devices. Since January this year the world has seen 43 thousand visits through Somnium Web alone.

What is Somnium Space?

Somnium Space is a virtual world in which landowners can build whatever they want to. The program registers landownership on the Ethereum blockchain by using NFTs. In addition all players can visit these creations and interact with each other. The developers have created Somnium Space with VR headsets in mind, even though players can also access to world through their desktop, laptop, or mobile devices.

Value of land in Somnium Space has been increasing incredibly over the year. We can also see this increased demand for virtual land in other virtual worlds and even in blockchain-powered video games. Once in a while Somnium Space sells new land parcels, either for ETH or their in-world currency CUBES.

The cheapest lands in Somnium Space cost more than $5,600 or 2.7ETH, while three months ago the minimum price was $1,000 or 1.1 ETH. This will get you a small land parcel of 200m2. However, the cheapest XL parcel on the waterfront will cost you 16.95 ETH or more than $35,000.

Even though Somnium Space allows users to showcase NFTs within the virtual world, you can’t call it a metaverse. Somnium Space is a world within the metaverse. To learn more about what the metaverse is, or what it can become, read this.

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Robert Hoogendoorn is a gamer and blockchain enthusiast. He got in touch with crypto in 2014, but the fire really lit in 2017. Professionally he's a content optimization expert and worked for press agencies and video production companies, always with a focus on the video games & tech industry. He's a content manager and creator at heart, started the Play to Earn Online Magazine in early 2020.