Omar Wael, a 13-year-old Egyptian kid is currently amidst the process of building his own social virtual world or Metaverse, using his mother’s old clothes. The ambitious teenager was inspired to do so from the Spielberg film – Ready Player One.
As a young child growing up in Egypt, Omar has always been fascinated by technology and Artificial Intelligence (AI). So much so, that he built his first robot at the tender age of 9. His inspiration to create a Metaverse came from Ready Player One, which is a movie that shows how most of humanity exists in a virtual simulation. The Metaverse is a concept that is being widely talked about nowadays. It is a three-dimensional, immersive virtual platform where users can interact with each other using AI-powered avatars in a highly realistic virtual environment.
Omar made use of his mother’s old clothes to develop a sensory vest and glove which would allow him to move around in the world he created. The visual vest designed by the child prodigy allows one to feel every movement that occurs inside the virtual world. He is also working on a software that will allow students like himself to attend classes through the Metaverse. One of his reasons to stick to this project is the claim that these methods could save the environment and reduce traffic.
He also states the alternate use of this world which would help chemical experiments to be carried out, without using expensive chemical material as they could conduct the experiments in a virtual lab in a simulation of what happens in reality. This is not Omar’s first step in his journey into the virtual field. He has won several local and international awards for his project “The Other World”, for which he hopes to secure funding for further development.