Monkey till they moon! – South Korean automaker Hyundai announced on Monday its partnership with the project of NFT “Meta Kongz”. So they plan to create a limited collection of 30 NFTs which will see the light of day on April 20, 2022. Hyundai has also provided cryptic clues to a possible metaverse. This is reminiscent of his earlier concept of robots. The aim was to connect the real and virtual worlds to improve mobility.
In January Hyundai already presented its ‘metamobility’ concept. It’s a vision of robotics as a means between the real world and the metaverse so that changes made by users in the metaverse are reflected in reality. According to them, this innovation “enables people to overcome the physical limitations of movement in time and space. †
“With the metaverse set to become an everyday space for people in the future, the company anticipates the possible emergence of a new type of metaverse platform in which the distinction from reality could disappear, breaking with the concept of VR as the world knows it. †
Statement from Hyundai
Hyundai went ahead with its concept, hinting at a possible “Hyundai Metamobility universe”. This metaverse would know issuing different NFTs as vehicles† Hyundai has also created a new Twitter account for its NFT related communications. The automaker posted a video there showing an animated Meta Kong “to the moon” through space in a 1975 Hyundai PONY.
The teaser also presents the “Shooting Star NFT”. A cryptic statement suggests that it is a “ticket to a whole new world” which could lead to “new NFTs”†
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Hyundai had already shared its desire to be a pioneer in the use of robotics in the real world and the metaverse at CES 2022 in January. Hyundai presented its projects there under the main theme “Expanding human reach”. The presentations reflected how the company’s robotics business would drive the paradigm shift to future mobility† The goal is to go beyond traditional means of transport to provide humanity with unrestricted freedom of movement.
Robotics is an important part of Hyundai’s transformation to a provider of smart mobility solutions† Hyundai has also acquired Boston Dynamics, an innovator in the field. The automaker has focused on advancing robotics. They say it can improve people’s lives through a range of mobility solutions.
The company sees robotics and mobility as complementary in the sense that one accelerates the development of the other. Hyundai also unveiled its new concept of “meta-mobility”, which will expand the role of mobility into virtual reality. It will enable people to overcome physical movement limitations in time and in space.
“The idea behind metamobility is that space, time and distance all become useless. Connecting robots to the metaverse allows us to move freely between the real world and virtual reality. Taking it one step further in the immersive experience (…) offered by the metaverse, robots will become an extension of our own physical senses, enabling us to reshape and enrich our daily lives with metamobility. †
Chang Song, Hyundai Group Chairman and Head of Transportation-as-a-Service Division
With the metaverse expected to become an everyday space for people, the company anticipates the possible emergence of a new type of platform. In the latter, the distinction with reality could disappear† What was previously only a virtual experience due to technological limitations can now be reflected in the real world through the connection of smart devices. Users would thus have unrestricted freedom of movement between the two worlds. Who wins from Hyundai or McLaren †
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