The Immersive Wire is an essential read, a twice-weekly analysis of the latest news in AR/VR and the metaverse. 

For those of you who don’t know the newsletter, here’s an elevator pitch: If you’re struggling to keep up with developments in the AR/VR space, or you’re feeling tired of the same old venture-backed marketing hype, The Immersive Wire is your solution.

The man behind the newsletter, Tom Ffiske, is a thought leader with a uniquely high-level view of the industry. 

When we caught up with him recently, we discussed common misconceptions about AR/VR, why most of us are wrong about the metaverse, and how an interview with Carol Baskin helped highlight a necessary truth — and a big problem — with the state of AR/VR technology today.

Sean Higgins: What does the term spatial computing mean to you? I imagine you’d see it from the point of view of immersive technologies.

Tom Ffiske: Right. You need spatial computing in order to help immerse people in immersive technologies. A good example of spatial computing is Matterport, a company that captures spaces. But there are a lot of other companies who are working in the area who do some really cool things.

Why do you think that AR/VR are fundamental to the metaverse? They’re fundamental because they’re the organic next step when it comes to our connected experience online. 

So with the internet we already have, you can access information whenever you want. But I believe the next evolution of the internet is not an internet of information, but an internet of experiences.

How are AR and VR technologies going to look in the future? Virtual reality down the line? I think it could go two ways. 

 It’s really cool, and if you try it yourself, you’ll see there is a lot of potential. But there are problems. It has been hampered by the costs of creating content and hardware.

What are your favorite applications of AR and VR currently? Beyond enterprise, what excites you? I have a soft spot for meditative experiences.

I think they’re really cool. But that’s personal, and I think those people have got the wrong end of the stick.