Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, a virtual lifestyle is gradually being established and avatars are becoming increasingly important to express oneself in virtual space. This article introduces avatars for expressing oneself in various virtual spaces and NFTs that support avatars.
NFTs are treated as certificates of rights in the digital space, and information management is performed on Blockchain. Taking advantage of the tamper-resistance characteristics of Blockchain technology, it is now possible to clarify who holds the rights.
Originally used as a mechanism for distributing items in online games, its use spread rapidly in 2021 to distribute ownership of digital content. Although only speculative purposes were the focus of attention when its use first spread, its application to a variety of uses is gradually beginning to be considered. The application of NFT to avatars is one such example.
For example, it can be used to dress up avatars. Until now, people have expressed themselves on social networking services by displaying their avatars along with their self-introductions and dressing them up in various outfits. However, these avatars could only be used to express themselves on social networking, and it was difficult to use them for other purposes.
Therefore, clothing for avatars is beginning to be managed by NFTs. Clothes purchased in virtual spaces and NFTs can be managed in one's virtual closet and coordinated according to the virtual space. The information on the clothes is certified by NFTs, so that the garments can be coordinated in any virtual space.
Clothes purchased in virtual space will also be available in real life by specifying the appropriate size. This allows people to express the same self in both real and virtual space, creating a digital twin.
Additionally, NFT will be applied to information such as virtual event certificates and experiences.
The more spaces that avatars can be active in, the closer or a very similar experience they will have in real life.
Figure 2: Virtual space and NFT
This article introduces a world in which virtual space becomes more realistic by combining avatars and NFT. In order to realize these virtual worlds, it is important to develop not only NFT but also technologies such as 5G communication technology and devices. It is also important for avatars to be accepted in various virtual spaces.
In the near future, people around the world may be able to have many experiences in a wide variety of virtual spaces through avatars.
NTT DATA will contribute to the realization of such a world by working to realize a new digital economy platform based on NFT and related technologies.