This Indian couple plan to wed in a Hogwarts-themed metaverse to get around pandemic restrictions

  • A couple from Tamil Nadu decided to hold their wedding in a Harry Potter-themed room metaverse.
  • Currently, the state only allows 100 people to attend wedding ceremonies, but there is no law prohibiting gathering in a virtual world.
  • The couple’s wedding reception will take place in a virtual world built using Polygonof the blockchain platform.

The COVID-19 pandemic has upended many wedding plans, but just as working from home has kept businesses going, love takes on the metaverse. And that’s exactly what an Indian couple does.

As the fledgling Zoom wedding industry was rapidly dying out when omicron’s flurry of business forced them to cancel their wedding party, Tamil Nadu-based Dinesh Kshatriya and her fiancé Janaganandhini Ramaswamy decided to enter the metaverse.

On January 9, the Tamil Nadu government announced that people attending family functions would have to produce invitations and that only 100 people would be allowed at weddings. This put a damper on the plans of Kshatriyan and Ramaswamy, who had presumably invited many others for their reception – a common occurrence for Indian weddings.

Host a Hogwarts-Themed Metaverse Wedding

A project associate at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Madras, Kshatriyan decided to collaborate with local blockchain company Polygon and mixed reality company Tardiverse to create his own little virtual world themed around the world. Harry Potter universe.

He tweeted the invitation, which invited guests to appear virtually in the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, the school of witches and wizards in books and movies.

Guests won’t have to don virtual reality (VR) headsets and can join in the festivities via a simple web browser – they just need the correct login credentials, Kshatriyan explained in an interview with The Hindu. The wedding is scheduled for February 6.

Not India’s ‘first’ metaverse wedding

The marriage has since been widely covered as the first Indian metaverse wedding. While Kshatriyan could very well be the first Indian to think of the idea, he is certainly not the first. On December 10 of last year, The New York Times (NYT) reported on Traci and Dave Gagnon, who not only hosted a reception, but also walked down the aisle of the Metaverse.

Does this mean metaverse weddings are going to be the next big thing? As the NYT pointed out in its article – “How the immersive virtual world known as the Metaverse, which few of us understand, will change traditional marriage is, for now, anyone’s guess. But the possibilities of having an event unfettered by the confines of reality are interesting enough to consider.

The “Metaverse” is still a work in progress

Tech titans like Mark Zuckerberg and Satya Nadella are more than excited about the metaverse to the point that Zuckerberg renamed Facebook to Meta. Meanwhile, Nadella has spent $68.7 billion buying the world’s third-largest game company, Activision, to ramp up business in the metaverse. But there are more than enough people who don’t really believe in the concept yet.

Perhaps the most significant criticism of metaverse products today is that the term does not refer to fragmented virtual worlds that do not interact with each other. Instead, the metaverse is meant to be a continuous virtual space that allows everyone in the world to interact in space, buy property, explore economies, and even get jobs – as seen in the sci-fi movie Ready Player One.

There is, however, a problem with all of this. We just don’t have the computing power required for such a world, let alone a chip powerful enough to fit it into something as portable as a set of goggles or wearable headphones.

“We need orders of magnitude more powerful compute capabilities, accessible at much lower latencies on a multitude of device form factors. To enable these capabilities at scale, the entire plumbing of the Internet will require major upgrades,” said Raja Koduri, senior vice president and general manager of Accelerated Computing Systems and Graphics Group at Intel, in a blog post on December 14.


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