The role of biometrics in the metaverse

The evolution of modern technologies has changed the way we use the internet. We have come a long way from static websites(Web 1) to user-generated content(Web 2) and are now on the brink of creating a web that is owned by the users(Web 3). Metaverse is one such concept that has gained traction in recent years, that has the potential to shift how we interact in this ever-expanding world of the internet.

What is Metaverse?

Metaverse is the concept of a shared, immersive, persistent 3D virtual digital environment where users can interact with others and experience lives beyond the limitations of the physical world. The technological aspect of a metaverse includes Virtual Reality(VR), Augmented Reality(AR), Mixed Reality, Blockchain Tech, and some features of social media that aims to make the experiences more real & captivating for the users.

The concept of metaverse was first coined in the early 90s in the book ‘Snow Crash’ by the American science fiction writer Neal Stephenson. The book details a metaverse – a virtual world in the imagined future where users use VR goggles and 3D avatars to buy real estate.

Although metaverse platforms have existed for ages, we are only now beginning to see their potential use-cases with the emergence of technologies such as blockchain. Some potential use cases include-

  • Gaming & Socializing
  • Remote working 
  • Immersive learning
  • Virtual Healthcare
  • Digital Banking & Finance
  • Virtual Tourism and many more

What are Biometrics, and what role can they play to shape the Metaverse?

Biometrics refers to the technology used to identify a person by the measurement and statistical analysis of their unique physical or behavioral characteristics. In simple terms, it is related to the technology that helps in identifying a person by using techniques such as fingerprints, face recognition, DNA tests, Iris recognition, and hand geometry analysis.

Today biometrics are considered the best technology to identify and authenticate an individual. It is considered the most credible and fast technology available to verify a person.

The addition of blockchain & biometrics tech into the metaverse could open the doors for a multitude of potential use cases. Blockchain provides a decentralized system to record transactions & data that is verifiable. Meanwhile, highly accurate & reliable biometrics technology can help verify an individual. In the context of the Metaverse, Biometrics can help to authenticate and allow a user to enter a virtual space. At the same time, it can help block or restrict unauthorized users. 

Biometrics can also be used as a gateway for users to enter a virtual space, where their biometric data can become their login ID and their progress can be linked to their biometrics data.

The use of biometrics in the metaverse can also allow for personalized spaces for each & every individual, making the experience highly unique and personal. This can help in potential use cases such as the Health sector.

In conclusion, the addition of biometrics in the metaverse could be game-changing, with a multitude of use cases in a variety of sectors including health, gaming, working, and finance.