Hi ApeCoin DAO,
Below presents the potential for augmented reality (AR) to add significant value to the Web3 economy generally & to the ApeCoin DAO specifically. It is a culmination of solutions-oriented ideas I have formulated through direct experience in both the NFT & AR landscapes.
My company, Art House, empowers brands & creatives to launch state-of-the-art, app-less AR activations; but, our technology is often cost prohibitive for many independent artists & entrepreneurs in Web3.
The proposed AIP now makes it a viable solution for Web3 creatives to launch AR-infused, physical-meets-digital projects in this new blended economy, powered by ApeCoin.
I look forward to your questions, comments & feedback!
Ape.AR: Augmenting Utility, powered by ApeCoin
Brand Decision or Ecosystem Allocation Fund
“What’s the utility?”
This is one of the biggest questions raised in Web3 communities.
The expectation for value that exists beyond the NFT, beyond the token itself, is a commonly held conviction amongst collectors.
This proposal introduces augmented reality as a new form of utility that bridges the physical-meets-digital storytelling of Web3 entrepreneurs, powered by ApeCoin & the app-less AR technology of Art House.
Creative members of the Web3 community who apply & advance through the Ape.AR program will be provided the technology, resources & support to bring their art, brands & products to life with AR.
A PFP on a graphic tee becomes a motion graphic tee; a muralist’s public art conveys the meaning beneath the brushstrokes; an athlete’s trading card transforms into a highlight reel; a musician’s album cover reveals a physical music video; an event producer’s installations unveil interactive experiences.
I’m Justin Fredericks, a Co-Founder & CEO of AR/T HOUSE, the zero-code, zero-download AR publishing service for brands. Our clients span across many verticals, such as Compass in Real Estate & Paramount Pictures in film. We’re also the AR partner for All City’s Beyond the Swamp magazine, a previously successful AIP & have donated the use of our technology to the NFUTURE educational program run by Ms. NFTy.
As a lifelong entrepreneur, I still have memories reselling hard-to-find candy as a middle schooler. In between then & my current career in tech, I took a detour through the field of law. This background also sparked my initial interest in BAYC unleashing IP rights to the community; I’ve been a BAYC collector since early May 2021.
UCLA, B.A. | Harvard Law School, J.D.
Community Benefit #1: Augmented Utility for Collectors
Since 2019, my company has been powering app-less AR experiences for brands, solving friction-laden user experience problems.
Through collecting NFTs, I quickly realized that our technology can even further solve key problems endemic to the Web3 ecosystem. Specifically, it can be leveraged to bridge multiple divides: between physical and digital, between story and product, between online & IRL. In aggregate, this also solves the collector’s greatest concern by offering cohesive, comprehensive, continual utility.
Both a connection to and extension of the jpeg itself, our AR technology can take any still object, location, or image, regardless of where it appears, bringing it to life with motion and sound. 2D & 3D animations, video, audio, rich text, 360 portals. Once static artworks become dynamic & life-like with personality, stories & journeys.
Even further, all of the digital layers can be updated anytime, over time, real-time. This presents the potential for utility, or continuous value, in perpetuity. Augmented, unfolding stories. These stories can be strictly narrative, practical like early access to NFT drops, or a combination.
Content drops layered onto physical product drops.
Community Benefit #2: Access to State-of-the-Art Technology for Creative Entrepreneurs
Our enterprise SaaS business model is cost prohibitive for most independent artists & creatives. Therefore, this proposal would fund the ability for accepted applicants to use our zero-code, zero-download AR software, along with creative advisory sessions.
The proposal then empowers creatives & furthers the entrepreneurial ecosystem that is Web3. Each project that emerges from this program will produce an augmented product or experience, with a requisite to incorporate $APE as its currency of choice.
Community Benefit #3: Onboarding New Web3 Participants
An indirect consequence of bridging the physical & digital divide with AR may eventually become its most important Web3 legacy: bridging the world of NFT early adopters & the rest of the world.
Products like motion graphic tees & experiences like interactive murals expose new audiences to the digital art we experience daily in Web3. But instead of leading with the technicalities of NFTs & blockchain, we lead with the visual stories - what the tokens represent - as digital layers to our physical realities. Newcomers get immersed in the intrinsic value of art before the financial value of art. Actual appreciation before financial appreciation. True, authentic, sustainable onboarding.
Then, given our layered approach to AR, newcomers can be presented with options to collect the motion art at the point of experience via available frictionless NFT solutions, such as magic.link or fair.xyz.
This expansive & inclusive worldview results in expanding the Web3 ecosystem to include new, interested & eventually active participants.
"APECOIN IS FOR THE WEB3 ECONOMY…
APE will serve as a decentralized protocol layer for community-led initiatives that drive culture forward into the metaverse."
Our view is that the future is not a physical or digital world, but rather a physical and digital world, simultaneously. A blended reality that harmonizes the IRL & the virtual.
As a networked economy, Web3 has built connectivity - between brand & community, between artist & collector, between creative & creative. Everything (NFTs) & everyone (NFT producers & collectors) are connected in this entrepreneurial ecosystem.
This AIP extends the connectivity to the real promise of the metaverse, where boundaries between physical & digital disappear. Those already immersed in online communities have proven time & time again to also crave IRL events & physical products. But the storytelling rarely or inconsiderably follows along from the digital to the physical.
Ape.AR transforms this segmented reality into a unified, blended reality. Blockchain establishes the infrastructure to connect, APE provides the currency to transact & AR delivers the art to experience.
Itself a synchronization of the APE currency with the AR canvas, Ape.AR unlocks the promise of a ubiquitous Web3 that transcends any specific boundary, whether digital or physical.
Augmented Reality (AR): Experiences that bring digital layers into your physical environment (in contrast to VR, which brings you into a virtual environment).
360 Portals: An AR capability of Art House that utilizes the phone’s motion sensors & 360 photos or videos to provide full 360 experiences.
2D Animations: In the case of augmented reality, animations that are mapped & anchored to the plane of a physical surface or product.
3D Animations: In the case of augmented reality, animations that can be anchored to the planes of physical surfaces or products, but that also extend beyond, such as a bird flying off a canvas painting.
SaaS: Software as a service.
Zero-code AR: A primary competitive advantage of Art House, our backend drag-and-drop content management system (CMS)to upload & publish augmented reality content instantaneously without technical expertise.
Zero-download AR: A primary competitive advantage of Art House, our frontend user experience that removes the need to download applications in order to experience augmented reality. Instead, Art House powered experiences can be activated by QR codes, NFC chips, URLs or geo-location.
Ape.AR (already secured)
Program Application & Project Management Software:
360 Cameras (for loan to program participants):
Animation Software (for use by program participants):
Promotion & Call for Submissions:
Twitter (incl. Spaces)
STEPS TO IMPLEMENT
- Ape.AR Application Process
Determine the requirements for creative entrepreneurs & artists to apply for access to the Ape.AR technology & resources.
To qualify the participants of the Ape.AR program around genuine interest & demonstrated talent, optimizing their success in bringing augmented products & services to market.
- Ape.AR Program Design
Develop the goals, procedures, timelines & workback schedules for the Ape.AR program participants. Sub-divided into quarterly programs, each culminating in product releases by the participants.
To provide clear guidance, expectations & benchmarks for the program participants to leverage the Ape.AR technology.
- Ape.AR Website Design Development
Starting out as an informational website about the the Ape.AR program, team members & an application area, will eventually showcase active participants & projects / experiences launched from program participants.
To promote the program & inform the public.
- Ape.AR Program Launch
Grouped into four cohorts throughout the year, one each quarter consisting of three program participants selected from the pool of applicants. A virtual orientation session will introduce the participants to each other, to the Ape.AR team of advisors (3 brand leads from successful AR product integrations) & to the product via AR demonstrations. Immediately following the orientation, participants will receive access to the technology, resources & advisors.
To foster a culture of collaboration, creativity & innovation.
Staffing & Budgetary Requirements
Our goal will be to fill the following positions from talented members of the ApeCoin community.
Community & Outreach Director: $50,000
- Identify and provide information about the Ape.AR program to key stakeholders, including creative communities & partners, throughout the year.
- Develop and implement outreach plans.
- Stakeholder engagement.
- Data collection & management.
- Outreach database management.
- Production of communication & marketing materials.
- Promotion of program activities & participants’ projects.
- Social media management.
Web Designer: $30,000
- Design a user friendly website upon a content management system (CMS), such as Webflow or Wordpress.
- Responsive layout that works seamlessly across desktop & mobile.
- Integration of application intake & organization software.
- Portfolio sections for each Ape.AR session participants & their culminating projects.
- Maintain & update the website throughout the year.
Program Coordinator: $40,000
- Oversee Ape.AR program planning, coordination & implementation.
- Stakeholder collaboration & coordination, including program participants, the project manager, advisors & partners.
- Coordinating program logistics, from advisory session scheduling to participant delivery of finished projects.
- Monitoring & evaluation of the program.
Lifetime AR Licenses: $15,000/project x 12 projects = $180,000
- Each license grants each program participant with a lifetime license to the Art House platform for hosting, publishing & distributing their Ape.AR projects.
- These lifetime licenses then allow for the augmented products, once in the hands of collectors, to have longevity.
1 Month Post-Approval
Call for AR/TISTS Begins
2 Months Post-Approval
Session #1 Participants Selected
2.5 Months Post-Approval
Ape.AR Session #1 Begins
5.5 Months Post-Approval
Ape.AR Session #1 Ends
Ape.AR Session #1 Public Demonstrations
6 Months Post-Approval
Application Review for Session #2
Session #2 Participants Selected
6.5 Months Post-Approval
Ape.AR Session #2 Begins
9.5 Months Post-Approval
Ape.AR Session #2 Ends
Ape.AR Session #2 Public Demonstrations
10 Months Post-Approval
Application Review for Session #3
Session #3 Participants Selected
10.5 Months Post-Approval
Ape.AR Session #3 Begins
13.5 Months Post-Approval
Ape.AR Session #3 Ends
Ape.AR Session #3 Public Demonstrations
14 Months Post-Approval
Application Review for Session #4
Session #4 Participants Selected
14.5 Months Post-Approval
Ape.AR Session #4 Begins
17.5 Months Post-Approval
Ape.AR Session #4 Ends
Ape.AR Session #4 Public Demonstrations
$300,000 USD, payable in APE