The newly introduced NFT project aims at giving users a new experience with their profile pictures.
The project’s art design consists of detailed digital portraits of AI-generated characters. The characters are attired in relatively regular clothing and much more futuristic looks. The accessories and make-up are reminiscent of some flamboyant cyberpunk, with virtual reality goggles, multi-coloured hairstyles of all kinds, and glowing neon accents in garments. Each avatar is individual and unique; it is generated by an algorithm based on various characteristics of clothing, accessories, hairstyles, facial expressions, and more. All these characteristics make up the appearance of the character. The visual features themselves are not AI-generated – they are entirely drawn by a diverse team of artists.
A feature of the project is the metamorphosis of the NFT you purchase. “Novatars” are sold as images of infants; 30 days after the purchase, you will have the opportunity to “age” your Novatar, who will evolve into an adult after one more transaction. The image of the adult version of your avatar is directly inherited from the “childhood” of your token – all thanks to the gene system for each NFT. It doesn’t matter if you bought Novatar for investment or use it as a profile picture; in both cases, you will have the opportunity to change your token’s visual and genetic condition once.
The project authors declare a complete system of inherited traits and attributes that “Novatars” possess during their “birth” and “growing up”. The primary ones are gender, eye color, hair and skin color. A baby avatar has nine genes, all of which are visual, i.e. responsible for visual features. When growing up, that is, re-transferring a token to a new state, Novatar acquires five more genes. 4 of the 14 genes are optional. Given the pattern of AI generation, each of the genes will have variations – 6 variations for each of the children’s genes and 11 for each adult.
Of the non-visual genes, only profession and sexual orientation remain. Your avatar can be hetero/gay/lesbian/bisexual or trans. A small percentage of Novatars can also go on to become an astronaut, a doctor, a developer, a blogger, or a gamer.
The current price is 0.11 ETH (Ethereum) – the currency with which the Blockchain of the same name works. Make sure that the wallet has the necessary amount to cover the price of the NFTs and the commission. The latter usually depends on the time of day, the platform’s workload, and other factors. After purchasing an NFT artwork or other product, it will appear in your crypto wallet. What to do with it next is up to you. One option would be to age your baby-avatar and use it as a profile pic. The other might be leaving the Novatar in its baby stage and selling it later, given that the unaged infants will be rare.
The Novatar project offers a fresh look at how NFTs can be experienced by their owners and how NFTs will transform in the future. Considering the rapid integration of non-fungible tokens in top social media (Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, and Instagram are already among them), Novatars currently are a solid purchase for an investment and online identification.
Buying one of the baby-avatars might be a good idea while the aging system is still fresh. However, one must be aware that the technology is not exclusive and can be quickly introduced in many other projects, decreasing the uniqueness of Novatars.
Another drawback is connected to the AI-generation of the token’s image and attributes. The user never knows what kind of baby they purchased before the purchase. There is no injustice with transparency and equal conditions, but it’s hard to call the purchase of a random token an investment. Of course, someone can be fortunate. Therefore, investment becomes a lottery.
(Featured image courtesy of Novatar)
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