1:55 - What is this studio about?
3:39 - What is Reckless VR?
6:25 - Difference between physical / virtual? (Lou)
7:47 - Difference between physical / virtual? (Josie)
10:15 - Interaction compared to online
14:00 - Post-covid, will people still come?
17:34 - Accessibility and adoption
19:41 - Is there any crypto wallets for VR?
21:28 - Biggest hurdles to adoption
24:50 - Difference between Zoom
26:40 - How much would you pay to attend a crypto conference?
Behind the scenes
The event came together very organically. Earlier in May, Wong Joon Ian from Coindesk [tweeted] that he's organizing a VR meetup to talk about VR meetups and reached out to the crypto community to ask who does crypto VR meetups. Many voices in the community tagged us (thank you!), so we began chatting to plan it out.
Godfrey Meyer worked quickly to redesign our VR studio to better match the event branding and we began to invite the guests for a rehearsal on how the production will be ran.
There were some interesting points made as we had a meta discussion about VR meetups vs physical meetups, here's a couple:
Joon: "Post-covid, are people still going to be coming to our VR meetups?"
Udi: "A very interesting thing I think in this community is that a lot of people kind of want to keep their privacy. This is something amazing you can do in VR. You can an avatar that doesn't look like you, you can pick whatever name you want. You still get to interact with people face to face without video or showing your face."
The last question came from Aaron Stanley who asked the speakers how much they might pay to attend a well planned fully virtual Consensus next year. Aaron made an interesting point about having skin in the game to maximize productivity. If a digital event is free and if 25,000 people show up, how many of them will be engaged the entire time?
In physical meetups, anchoring yourself outside your home for the duration of an event incentivizes people to make the most out of their time. With VR meetups we can skip all that and teleport from the comfort of your own home. The time and money saved on airlines, transportation, hotels for the attendees plus the event venue rental, logistics, physical setup and teardown can all be put into creating an amazing experience that can last forever.
Perhaps one could get away with charging a couple of thousand dollars for a VR ticket if at the same time it also onboards someone into VR. Throw in a VR headset with the deal can go towards solving the chicken and egg problem. If people paid more, they would care more about the event and those resources could go towards making an exceptional digital experience. With that, it was a good time to wrap things up and drop a portal into a relaxing beach.
Lastly, we want to reminder you that you do not need a VR headset to access majority of the virtual worlds. Platforms like Decentraland and Cryptovoxels have web browser based clients and most of the popular social VR platforms like the one we were using (VRChat) have 2D desktop support for PC users.
The VX-1’s were one of the very first wearables minted on Cryptovoxels roughly 6 months ago. Since then, wearables have only become more popular, changing the entire feel of Cryptovoxels as we know it.
Created by the designer n0shot, VX-1’s were born out of the aim to develop one of the most reputable wearable brands in Cryptovoxels. That brand is called n0wear, and until now, the initial shoes were still the only items available for sale. n0wear is all about experimenting with what it should look like to be a top tier digital product. From high quality promotional materials, to absurd attention to detail, n0wear is hoping to set themselves apart.
And in many ways it has worked. If you jump into any live event in Cryptovoxels, you’re bound to see at least a few people sporting VX-1s. They’re pretty recognizable by their silhouette, as well as the “n0” insignia on the soles. In total, there were 100 pairs of VX-1s sold.
Along with the shoes, each buyer also gets a unique NFT certificate of authenticity. These were made so that people have an individual number associated with their purchase. The certificates show a high quality render of their shoes, their unique number, and the total supply for that color variant.
The remaining unsold VX-1s have been burned to make way for the VX-2s. They’re scheduled to drop this Thursday 5/21. Here is a snapshot of the full line up.
Along with the main line-up, there are also a few signature editions. Signatures are 1 of 3 variants that are created in collaboration with other known personalities in the NFT space. For the VX-2’s there will be 3 editions: Connie Digital, Josie, and Lander. Signature Edition certificates are animated, whereas standard editions are stills.
Stop by the WIP event hosted in Cryptovoxels this Thursday at 12:00PM (PST) to learn more about how to be one of the first to grab a pair!
Today we are happy to presents you Loft.radio, a cool web-radio station we discovered recently.
Loft exists to explore new ways of listening to and exchanging value for music and art. They work with artists to curate and share original music through experimental listening spaces that push the boundaries of how art can be experienced online.
Loft in its current form is a live radio station where listeners can tune in for free, and tip artists directly using cryptocurrency. 100% of tips go directly into artists’ wallets. While for the moment they only have one station, the future of Loft involves many stations; each a unique space to enjoy original music, hang out online, and support artists in novel ways.
For artists, cryptocurrency can mean a greater degree of autonomy and independence to get paid for music online. For listeners, crypto means less money paid to third parties, and more money paid directly to the people that make the art. Loft team told NIFTIES they have a lot planned for the future, but incoming updates that they are excited to share include customizable themes and backgrounds, a native wallet integration with free, instant transactions and new radio stations.
We created NIFTIES with the aim of promoting the best projects in the NFTs space. Apart from traditional content we knew we should do something new and unique, which is why we think top quality VR content is the answer.
Construction of our virtual soundstage has finished and in this video Boomboxhead guides you inside. See all the work that goes behind a fully digital virtual production with professional cameras, lighting, and cinematography.
We already started producing artist interviews and will announce some new show formats in the near future. If you want to promote your project, company, or event, and need our help to produce cool CG content for the 3.0 collectors just reach us out at firstname.lastname@example.org. ENJOY the video!
For those not familiar, ENS is the Ethereum Name Service, a distributed, open, and extensible naming system based on the Ethereum blockchain.
ENS’s job is to map human-readable names like ‘nifties.eth’ to machine-readable identifiers such as Ethereum addresses, content hashes, and metadata. ENS also supports ‘reverse resolution’, making it possible to associate metadata such as canonical names or interface descriptions with Ethereum addresses.
Because of the hierarchal nature of ENS, anyone who owns a domain at any level may configure subdomains - for themselves or others - as desired. For instance, if we own 'nifties.eth', we can create 'pay.nifties.eth' and configure it as we wish.
So basically ENS eliminates the need to copy or type long addresses. With ENS, you are able to send money to your friend at 'nifties.eth' instead of '0x3dbe68s50270...', interact with your favorite contract at 'mycontract.eth', or visit a Swarm-hosted site at 'swarmsite.eth'.
We picked up a list of the most interesting domains for sale that might have a big return in the future:
KnownOrigin gallery closed 2019 with over 2,000 digital art editions on the platform and a 3262% monthly sales growth since October 2018. Regarding income, in 2019 top artists were XCOPY, Hackatao, Giant Swan, Alotta Money, Tom Badley and Rare Designer.
Difelice5000, XCOPY and Gary Cartlidge led the market as for number of sales, while Giant Swan and Rare Designer could also boast the record sale price of 10 ETH for the art pieces Purgatory and BLOCKCHAIN EDEN respectively.
Overall, nearly 7,000 artworks were sold on KnownOrigin up to the end of 2019, with a significant increase in the gallery revenue in December. Artists and collectors were over 180 and both the community and the market keep growing.
Ethereum-based game Axie Infinity has teamed up with token exchange protocol Kyber Network for an exclusive NFT event.
The deal will reward any Axie players who have at least 50 KNC tokens (currently worth around $25) in the Ethereum wallet they use to play Axie Infinity with the Kyber Ancient Stone. This will reduced resource harvesting times by 2% when placed on a land plot in the game.
In order to get the NFT, players will have hold the KNC tokens until 11pm EST on 22 March.
As a platform mostly devoted to multi-editions, single-edition art pieces have been less than 20% of all works displayed. The average sale price in 2019 was about 0.2ETH, with the highest being 10 ETH (about $1,450 at the time of sale).
Over the past year and a half, MakersPlace team has been contacted by close to 5,000 artists wishing to join the network, and the team is now working with over 1,500 creatives. MakersPlace also has a vibrant online community, counting close to 2,000 people between artists and collectors on its Discord channel, and over 30,000 followers of the team's social media accounts.
In 2019, the average sale price of artworks on the platform was about $150, with the market thriving towards the end of the year. On 15th December EthGirl, a collaboration between SuperRare artists Trevor Jones and Alotta Money, was bought by collector Moderats for 72.1 ETH ($10,027 at the time of sale), breaking the all-time ETH sale record for the digital market.
SuperRare has a varied community of artists and collectors from 154 countries and receives about 25 artist applications per week, maintaining a 10% acceptance rate.
it is with extreme pleasure that we start NIFTIES.com Our team will work in the next months and hopefully years to help all the creative minds in the digital world get to know by the collectors in the real world.
We will try to promote all the projects in the space trying to have more people joining us.
We stronly believe in digital assets and the potential blockchain gives to them in order of trackability, liquidity and fun.
We will mailny focus on cryptoart, collectibles, in-game assets and vr but we will stay open to all those projects that deserve attention.
Please feel free to contact us if you wish to promote your projects, if you would like to collaborate and if you just want say Hi!
Official Formula One game F1 Delta Time sold through 37% of its crates in its presale which started on 25 February 2020 and is now closed. Ranging from around $20 up to $500, crates were priced in terms of their rarity, with the more rare crates containing more rare items. Items include F1 cars, drivers and components such as engine and body parts. In total, 2,375 crates were sold from a total of 446 unique wallets, raising over $350,000. F1 Delta Time is expected to go live alongside the F1 season, which is due to start in Melbourne on 15 March.
The second presale for LAND in The Sandbox has been a great success with all the available plots selling out. The total raised was 800 ETH (around $200,000).
This means that 7.5% of the total LAND that will ever be made available in The Sandbox has now sold out. Five LAND presales are planned in total. With the goal of being "Roblox on the blockchain", The Sandbox is a user-generated content platform on the Ethereum blockchain, in which creators and players can build their own gaming environments.
Animoca Brands has announced it's started an auction for its Australia Edition 2020 F1 car NFT. The auction will end on 22 March and all proceeds will go to various charities supporting recovery efforts from the recent Australian bushfires, including the NSW Rural Fire Service Association, NSW Wildlife Information, Rescue and Education Service, and Australian Red Cross Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund. You can check out the auction at https://www.f1deltatime.com/official/auction
Forthcoming blockchain game Dark Country is planning to airdrop an NFT into all 460,000 wallets on the WAX blockchain. Labelled 'The Virgin', this NFT can either be traded or used to generate another in-game NFT by being 'sacrificed on the 'dark altar' in the hope of receiving a valuable item. It's an interesting move for the 'American Gothic Card Game' to drum up support further to its public beta, which is due in Q2 2020.
US NFT wallet and onboarding solution Nifty Gateway has announced its relaunch. It's extending its features from enabling users to buy NFTs using their credit cards to now also enabling a trading marketplace using USD fiat pricing and cash out, at least for those with a US bank account. The company is also working with artists and brands to create exclusive NFT collections that will drop every 3 weeks.