Authors

Ina Kamps, M.A.

Knowledge Lawyer

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Dr. Jonathan Alexander Kropp

Salary Partner

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Dr. Christian Tenkhoff, LL.M. (UCL), M.Sc. (LSE)

Salary Partner

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Dr. Jan Phillip Rektorschek

Partner

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Authors

Ina Kamps, M.A.

Knowledge Lawyer

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Dr. Jonathan Alexander Kropp

Salary Partner

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Dr. Christian Tenkhoff, LL.M. (UCL), M.Sc. (LSE)

Salary Partner

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Dr. Jan Phillip Rektorschek

Partner

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30 January 2023

January 2/2023 – 4 of 4 Insights

Bits and pieces from the Metaverse

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This Promising Wireless Technology Could Help Power the Future Metaverse

Ixana, a company specialising in high-speed human computer interactions, recently unveiled a new technology called Wi-R, which used the electromagnetic field around the human body as a conductor for a new generation of personal devices designed to replace the chunky virtual reality headsets of today. This article also includes a first-hand report of experiencing Wi-R in action at CES 2023 and discusses some critical aspects of this new kind of technology. 
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Inside the metaverse meetups that let people share on death, grief, and pain

“Death Q&A” and “Saying Goodbye” are just two of the sessions hosted by EvolVR, a virtual spiritual community, which help people come to terms with mortality. Despite the preconception, that the such virtual worlds are only for young people, many of the participants of these meetings are over 60 and take part in the anonymous meetings using a customisable avatar. This poignant article also discusses the influence of the pandemic on processing grief and explores how online sessions such as “Death Q&A” have helped many come to terms with losing loved ones or being diagnosed with terminal illnesses, all without requiring them to leave their homes during such difficult times.
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Redeeming physical NFTs: Easier said than done?

As the number of NFTs attached to physical products (“phygitals”) increases, the process of redeeming physical NFTs has become more challenging. As NFTs are generally only linked to a digital wallet, NFT projects have had difficulties collecting personal information from the NFT holders, which makes shipping the products or informing NFT holders, that the phygitals are ready to be redeemed, rather complicated. Some companies are therefore introducing new redemption mechanisms in order to speed up and simplify the redemption process.
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PayPal is considering launching its own cryptocoin, report says

PayPal is reported to be considering launching its own cryptocurrency. The new “PayPal Coin” will supposedly be backed by the US dollar and its development comes after PayPal allowed US customers to hold cryptocurrencies in October 2020 and subsequently enabled purchased with said coins from March 2021. PayPal currently charges a transaction fee of 2.3% for crypto transaction, but it is unsure if this, or any other aspects of using crypto on this platform, will change once its own stablecoin is launched.
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Will the metaverse be your new workplace?

Two years of pandemic lockdowns have already led to a rapid increase in the number of virtual meetings and people working from home. Some companies are therefore beginning to explore the idea of transitioning their workplaces into the metaverse. Suggestions of fully digital workplaces have been heavily criticised however, as significant concerns about data security and mass-monitored digital environments have been raised.
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In this series

Environmental, social & governance (ESG)

ESG & Web3 – synergy of the next decade?

12 December 2022

by Miroslav Đurić, LL.M.

Competition, EU & trade

Markets of the metaverse - Part I

Markets of virtual reality headsets

23 December 2022

by Stephan Manuel Nagel, LL.M. (EUI), Niklas Melzer

Metaverse

Bits and pieces from the Metaverse

Issue #19 | We keep you up to date with everything you need to know about the Metaverse.

30 January 2023

by Multiple authors

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