Sony Will Also Be Present At Virtual Market 2022 Winter
HIKKY (CEO: Yasushi Funakoshi, Headquarters: Shibuya-ku, Tokyo) announced 'unlink', a solution that allows external devices to be linked to its proprietary metaverse development engine, Vket Cloud. The first device to be linked is ‘mocopi’, a mobile motion capture device from Sony(President and CEO: Kimio Maki; Headquarters: Minato-ku, Tokyo). Sony will also be exhibiting for the first time at the world's largest* VR event “Virtual Market 2022 Winter”. The event will be held from December 3rd to 18th, 2022.
*Virtual Market has been recognized by Guinness World Records™ as the "Most Booths at a Virtual Reality Market Event”.
About The New Solution “unlink”
Catchphrase: 「Let's play across dimensions」
Unlink is a solution consisting of a set of functions centered around the Vket Cloud engine that enables users to communicate more easily across the boundaries between the real and virtual worlds in the metaverse.
A function to link Sony's 'mocopi' with Vket Cloud will be provided as a first step. Anyone will be able to easily send motion data to the Metaverse using a smartphone, making it easier and less costly, and contributing to greater flexibility in planning.
Various uses will be possible in the 'Para-real World' that HIKKY is developing, which combines the real and virtual worlds.
For example, it will be possible to expand various activities in the metaverse, such as live-streaming and local sightseeing guides simultaneously in virtual and real life, and realise easier development of virtual customer service in the metaverse.
Unlink will gradually be demonstrated in concrete examples through Virtual Market (Vket) venue. And unlink will continue to expand its functionality in cooperation with various hardware in the future.
Comment From Yasushi Funakoshi, CEO of HIKKY
Unlink is HIKKY's answer to the next metaverse. The metaverse is changing to an era where the real and virtual are more concretely interlinked, and HIKKY will provide this to the world with its past knowledge and co-creation with all kinds of creators and various companies. We will add various functions to this solution to build bridges between the times.
Comment From Takeshi Aimi, General Manager, Motion Business Promotion Office, Sony Corporation
We are very pleased to be moving forward with service collaboration with HIKKY, which is taking on a major challenge in the metaverse domain. Through 'mocopi', a mobile motion capture device equipped with Sony's proprietary sensing technology and algorithms, Sony aims to make 3D content creation accessible to as many people as possible and provide them with inspiring experiences in the metaverse. Starting with our work with HIKKY, we will continue to promote service collaboration for 'mocopi' in the future.
What Is 'Vket Cloud'?
Vket Cloud is a metaverse development engine originally developed by HIKKY, which allows access to the metaverse space created using Vket Cloud by simply clicking on a URL link from a smartphone or PC, without the need to download a dedicated app or other software. Multiplayer play is also supported, and users can enjoy communicating with other users in the same space via voice or text chat.
What Is 'mocopi'?
‘mocopi’ is a mobile motion capture system that enables motion capture and real-time motion input to virtual reality (VR) using only a small, lightweight sensor with proprietary technology and a smartphone (dedicated application). Not only does it easily realize the production of avatar videos and motion data, including full-body movements, both indoors and outdoors, but it can also be used as a motion input device to control avatars in real-time.
Mobile motion capture ‘mocopi’
* Sony, as well as the product and service names and logos used in this press release, are registered trademarks or trademarks of Sony Group Inc. or its affiliates.
Sony Exhibits At Virtual Market 2022 Winter For The First Time
Sony, which is exhibiting at the Virtual Market for the first time, will have a booth with a dance stage motif at one of the corporate exhibition venues, Para-real Nagoya.
At the entrance of the booth, visitors will be greeted by mannequins wearing Sony's new product 'mocopi', and inside a promotional video about 'mocopi' will be shown, allowing visitors to learn more about the product.
The Kasou Butoh Dan, a team of dancers active in VR, will also make an appearance on 14 December, where visitors will be able to enjoy a spectacular dance motion with the ‘mocopi’ in action.
Date And Time of The Event
Date and time: 21:00 Wednesday, 14th December, JST
Place: Sony Corporation booth at the corporate exhibition venue "Para-real Nagoya"
How to join: you will be notified via the official Virtual Market Twitter (https://twitter.com/virtual_market_ ).
List of Exhibitors, IPs, and Artists
*In no particular order, companies announced as of November 25.
Central Japan Railway Company / Sony Corporation / Disney Plus "Gannibal" / YAMAHA CORPORATION / Rakuten Life Insurance Company / Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. / Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd. / Mitsui Sumitomo Insurance Company, Limited / Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities Co., Ltd. / ACOM CO., LTD. / Lenovo / Beams / Daimaru Matsuzakaya Department Stores Co., Ltd. / Belc CO., LTD. / Mary Quant Cosmetics Ltd. / Ichibanboshi Co., Ltd. / ALPINE ELECTRONICS MARKETING, INC. / TV Asahi Corporation / TV ASAHI MUSIC CO.,LTD. / TV Asahi National Broadcasting “musicru TV” / Iwamotocho Geinosha Co., Ltd. / Universal Entertainment Corporation / ROHTO Pharmaceutical Co., Ltd. / Takashimaya Company, Limitid / Ministry of the Environment / Izumisano City, Osaka Prefecture / Yaizu City, Shizuoka Prefecture / Cybozu Inc. / Tradeworks Co., Ltd. / CONNECTED COMMERCE,INC. / Toppan Inc. / Kana Pro Market / JVCKENWOOD Corporation / Gamer Supps® / Tokyo Marui Co., Ltd. / Kyowa Kikoh Co.,Ltd. / Polygonal Mind / SO.ON project LaV Tokyo School of Music & Dance / Furyu Corp. / Kowa Company, Limited / IPA Information-technology Promotion Agency, Japan (IPA) / Robot Consulting Co., Ltd. / TOEI COMPANY, LTD. / Maruichi Co., Ltd. Okada Shoten / Digi-co / RedefineArts / Suguru Co., Ltd. / Arc System Works Co., Ltd. / NieR:Automata / Nippon Ichi Software Inc. / SEGA CORPORATION / Sonic Frontier / akagaminotomo / mikai inc. / Coamix Inc. / Crayon Shin-chan / Chihiro Design / Yashiro Azuki / Seikima II / Wasyagana TV / Clyclo LLC / HP Japan Inc. / Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha / Japan Nreal Ltd. / Oasis 21 / Chubu Electric Power MIRAI TOWER / MEITETSU Department Store Co., Ltd. / Junior Chamber International Nagoya / Sapporo Clock Tower / Kirin Holdings Company, Limited / Sapporo TV Tower / Sapporo Snow Festival Executive Committee / Hokkaido Broadcasting Co., Ltd. / MOKURI project / Tokyo Midtown Hibiya BASE Q
Virtual Market 2022 Winter Overview
Name: Virtual Market 2022 Winter
Dates: December 3rd (Sat) - 18th (Sun), 2022 (16 days in total)
Theme: NEXT Journey
Exhibit venues: Para-real Paris / Para-real Nagoya / Para-real Sapporo
How to visit: You can visit the special world in VRChat from VR devices and gaming PCs.
Browser-based venues that can be entered by simply clicking on the URL from smartphones or other devices will also be available.
Some of the venues can also be accessed through Meta Quest.
About VR firm HIKKY
-Create a world where the value of creativity is widely recognized-
HIKKY Co., Ltd. is a VR firm that creates an open metaverse where anyone can create and access freely. With notable creators who lead the industry as our members, HIKKY provides VR services such as highly unique Metaverse solutions including Vket Cloud, plan and operate Metaverse events, and provide consulting services that support business entry into the VR/AR field. HIKKY aims to develop the living, economic, and cultural spheres of the virtual world and create a society where all creative people can live more freely and abundantly.
The world’s largest VR event, Virtual Market, hosted by HIKKY has acquired a Guinness World Record™ in 2021. In addition, HIKKY won first place in the marketing category of the “AIXR International VR AWARDS” and the highest award in Japan’s “XR CREATIVE AWARD 2020.”
CEO: Yasushi Funakoshi
Headquarters: 4F, Mitomi Building, 1-20-22 Ebisu, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0013, Japan
Established: May 1, 2018