The metaverse is coming in 2023, representing the future of the internet and beyond, defined by immersive visualization technologies such as augmented reality/virtual reality/extended reality (AR/VR/XR) and Web 3.0 principles, including the decentralization and devolution of user data and greater interoperability built on open standards and blockchain technology. 

Current AR/VR/XR technologies are still in their infancy and have limitations that must be overcome before the metaverse can scale. Next-generation Holographic eXtended Reality (HXR) technologies designed to address these challenges will accelerate the metaverse in 2023.

The Holy Grail of AR/VR/XR interfaces and displays is 3D holographic technology that will enable users to experience the metaverse without headsets or glasses, delivering lifelike, high-resolution 3D images that are viewable with the naked eye with no compromises. Swave Photonics has developed HXR technology that enables 1000x better pixel resolution with billions of tiny, densely packed pixels to enable true realistic 20/20 vision without requiring viewers to wear smart AR/VR headsets or prescription glasses. Soon, AR/VR/XR applications will be capable of passing the visual Turing Test in which virtual reality is practically indistinguishable from real-world images that humans can see with their own eyes.

Advances in AR/VR/XR technology in 2023 will also play a key role in future workplaces by enabling employees to engage in immersive video conferences while working remotely.