Super League acquires Melon
Super League has acquired development studio Melon to boost its capabilities as an one-stop solution for brands that want to build communities across gaming metaverse platforms. Melon will serve as an in-house development studio. In turn, these interactive experiences will leverage Super League’s suite of measurement, monetization and player acquisition tools.
Scientists have come up with a new way to introduce odors into virtual reality via small, wireless interfaces.
Creating smells in virtual reality is a vexing problem that has prevented consumer VR devices from offering a full sensory experience in most settings. “People can touch in VR,” says Xinge Yu, a professor at the department of biomedical engineering at the City University of Hong Kong and the lead author of the new paper, published today in Nature Communications. “And of course, you can see and hear in VR. But how about smell and taste?”
Previous efforts to create odors in VR have involved multiple wires, messy liquids, and bulky contraptions that don’t lend themselves to home use.
To tackle the problem, Yu and his co-author, Yuhang Li of Beihang University in Beijing (both of whom have backgrounds designing flexible electronics), developed two wearable interfaces. One can adhere to the skin between the nose and mouth like a bandage; the other straps on beneath a headset like a face mask.
The metaverse could contribute as much as $760 billion or about 2.4% to U.S. annual gross domestic product (GDP) by 2035, according to a study commissioned by Facebook owner Meta Platforms.
The concept of the metaverse includes augmented and virtual reality technologies that allow users to immerse themselves in a virtual world or overlay information digitally on images of the real world, according to the report by consulting firm Deloitte.
Webb Protocol Raises $7M
Webb Protocol, creator of zero-knowledge infrastructure that allows for private cross-blockchain asset transfers, has raised $7 million in a seed funding round co-led by Polychain Capital and Lemniscap. The new capital will help grow the team and accelerate the development of new privacy-focused tools. The funding comes as investments in zero-knowledge based infrastructure continues to prove resilient amid the bear market.
“At Webb, we want to maximize the multi-chain ecosystem experience while upholding the highest standards of privacy,” said Webb Protocol founder and CEO Drew Stone in a statement. “Our blockchain infrastructure and privacy protocols are designed to work seamlessly across different chains and applications.”
AWS Joins Forces with Cronos Labs
Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Cronos Labs have entered into a strategic partnership to support the growth of Web3 startups and drive blockchain technology adoption across various industries. AWS will provide cloud computing resources and expertise, while Cronos Labs will offer its knowledge in blockchain development. The collaboration will particularly focus on the areas of decentralized finance (DeFi), GameFi, SocialFi, and Infrastructure.
Mike Kondoudis, an accredited intellectual property attorney, confirmed that British Broadcasting Corporation “BBC” filed a trademark application with the United States Patent and Trademark Office related to NFTs on May 1, 2023.
According to data submitted, BBC is seeking to trademark the “Doctor Who” logo and use it to launch various digital products. The media giant has showcased an interest in launching cinematographic and photographic films, recorded television and radio programs, motion pictures, and animated cartoons.
BBC also plans to launch non-fungible tokens used with blockchain technology and application software, including application software for mobile phones, wearable digital devices, and other portable digital devices.
Cryptocurrencies have been in the spotlight for quite some time now, with many investors eagerly looking for the next project for passive earnings. Shiba Inu (SHIB) and DigiToads (TOADS) are among the recent coins to make waves in the market. These two coins have shown significant growth over the past few weeks, prompting many to wonder if they are on the rise. They have also experienced a surge, with more whales buying their tokens in large amounts.
As the cryptocurrency market continues to evolve and more crypto ICO offerings are introduced, DigiToads and Shiba Inu have demonstrated potential for future success, which can translate into investor gains.
AnChain.AI Integrates with Stellar
AnChain.AI Integrates with Stellar to Bring Enhanced Security and Compliance to Developers.
AnChain.AI , a leading Web3 digital asset security, and risk monitoring firm, today announced its integration with Stellar , the pioneering decentralized open-source blockchain network for cross-border payments and asset issuance. This integration paves the way for Stellar's thriving developer community to leverage AnChain.AI's AI-powered Web3 risk management and security solutions to enhance their security posture as they drive innovation.
"As the Web3 ecosystem continues to expand, it's becoming increasingly clear that security is not a luxury, but a necessity," said Dr. Victor Fang , CEO & Co-founder of AnChain.AI. "We are committed to providing cutting-edge security and risk monitoring solutions that enable Web3 platforms to operate with confidence. We're excited to build a more secure and sustainable Web3 future on Stellar."
Venmo Introduces Crypto Transfers
Venmo has announced the introduction of a new feature allowing customers to transfer cryptocurrencies to friends and family on Venmo or PayPal, as well as to other wallets and exchanges in the crypto ecosystem. Crypto transfers will be rolled out to Venmo customers in the coming weeks, starting in May 2023. Over the past 12 months, more than 74% of Venmo crypto customers have continued to hold their crypto in their Venmo account.
The new feature enables users to transfer crypto easily through the Venmo app by navigating to the Crypto tab, viewing their coins, and choosing to send crypto either to a Venmo account or to an external wallet by entering the recipient’s wallet address. Customers can also receive crypto by displaying their unique crypto address QR code, which can be shared with others.
Genies has become a gateway for celebrities, musicians, fashion designers and other creators to enter Web3, and Allison Sturges has been right there helping the startup craft partnerships and reach the masses through marketing. “Avatars really are a tool for self-expression in the digital era,” the director of marketing said.
Genies has attracted celebrity backers, including Paris Hilton, Priyanka Chopra and Camila Cabello. The startup has also worked with Warner Music Group and has developed avatar identities for Justin Bieber and Cardi B.
Genies wants to bring its avatars to more people, drive virtual commerce and enable more social experiences online. “Where we’re at now is around bringing our avatars to the masses,” Sturges said, “and really bringing our avatar tools to users, creators, artists and developers—really empowering people to be able to design and create their own avatar experiences and their own avatar ecosystems.”
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