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The US Space Force Is Now Selling Its Own AR NFTs

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The newest branch of the US military is launching a series of AR-enabled NFTs in honor of American astronaut Neil Armstrong.

On June 17th, the United States Space Force will launch a satellite into orbit in honor of American astronaut, Neil Armstrong, the first human being to set foot on the moon. To help celebrate the launch of the fifth spacecraft in its fleet of GPS III satellites, the new seventh and newest branch of the United States military is releasing a series of AR-enabled NFTs featuring the legend himself as well as various other space-themed commodities.

For those in the dark, NFTs (non-fungible tokens) are one-of-kind digital assets that exist on a blockchain network—such as Ethereum. This includes images, gifs, videos, even tweets. Owners can trade these digital tokens as well as sell them for a profit.

This collection of space-inspired NFTs, referred to as “Armstrong Satellite NFT Launch with Space Force,” includes a limited edition NFT modeled after the GPS III SV05 satellite, otherwise known as “ARMSTRONG,” as well as the commemorative coin and patch gifted to USSF team members participating in the mission. The aforementioned GPS III NFT will be available for purchase three days before the launch of the actual satellite via Star Atlas, a blockchain-powered online metaverse with a sci-fi twist.

Here, players can travel through deep space in search of blockchain assets to claim. The rest of the “ARMSTRONG” NFTs will be made available via the Ethernity digital collection platform when the assets launch on June 17th. Owners can then view their newly acquired NFTs using the VueXR app on iOS and Android.

“As the Armstrong satellite provides crucial national security capabilities from orbit, the NFT collection further extends its legacy by leveraging the permanency of blockchain technology,” said Travis Cloyd, CEO and NFT Executive Producer at WorldwideXR. “The NFT collection reflects the USSF’s and the Armstrong Estate’s desire to inspire and educate current and future generations about the importance of developing and advancing space capabilities required to protect the U.S. and its allies from space-related threats.” 

Image Credit: Space Force

“It was an incredible educational collaboration building next-level experiential NFT’s with the Space Force GPS III Program on a satellite named after one of the greatest space pioneers in history,” he added. “We had an out-of-this-world team, including our multitalented digital artists and NFT platform partners, producing everything from 3D satellite holograms to GPS constellation digital collectibles. Some of the capabilities will include real-time AR display throughout the blockchain metaverse medium.”

We’ve seen numerous examples of AR-enabled NFTs in the past, such as the late MF DOOM’s limited edition AR NFTs. To our knowledge, however, this marks the first time a branch of the US military is participating in the rapidly growing trend.

Feature Image Credit: Space Force

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The VR Job Hub: Mixed Realms, RareBird Games & Rezzil

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Every weekend VRFocus gathers together vacancies from across the virtual reality (VR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) industry, in locations around the globe to help make finding that ideal job easier. Below is a selection of roles that are currently accepting applications across a number of disciplines, all within departments and companies that focus on immersive entertainment.

Don’t forget, if there wasn’t anything that took your fancy this week there’s always last week’s listings on The VR Job Hub to check as well.

If you are an employer looking for someone to fill an immersive technology related role – regardless of the industry – don’t forget you can send us the lowdown on the position and we’ll be sure to feature it in that following week’s feature. Details should be sent to Peter Graham ([email protected]).

We’ll see you next week on VRFocus at the usual time of 3PM (UK) for another selection of jobs from around the world.

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Let’s Build: Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Model Kit (Part 6)

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Follow along as Norm embarks on the Eaglemoss Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D model kit! In this episode, we start putting together parts from the Enterprise’s engineering section! Learn more about this model at https://en-us.eaglemoss.com/hero-collector/star-trek/uss-enterprise-buildup Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Model Kit (Part 1): https://youtu.be/QavuULFfu3U Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Model Kit (Part 2): https://youtu.be/_hkf1vWUH-M Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Model Kit (Part 3): https://youtu.be/AYC0pfRDdYQ Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Model Kit (Part 4): https://youtu.be/FZmINF4zPqA Star Trek USS Enterprise NCC-1701-D Model Kit (Part 5): https://youtu.be/nL8reMb8lBc Disclosure: This kit was provided by the manufacturer for purposes of review. Join this channel to support Tested and get access to perks: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiDJtJKMICpb9B1qf7qjEOA/join Tested Ts, stickers, mugs and more: https://tested-store.com Subscribe for more videos (and click the bell for notifications): http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=testedcom Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/testedcom Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/testedcom Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/testedcom/ Discord: https://www.discord.gg/tested Amazon Storefront: http://www.amazon.com/shop/adamsavagestested Savage Industries T-shirts: https://cottonbureau.com/stores/savage-merchandising#/shop Tested is: Adam Savage http://www.twitter.com/donttrythis Norman Chan http://www.twitter.com/nchan Joey Fameli http://www.joeyfameli.com Gunther Kirsch https://guntherkirsch.com Ryan Kiser https://www.instagram.com/ryan.kiser Jen Schachter http://www.jenschachter.com Kishore Hari http://www.twitter.com/sciencequiche Sean Charlesworth http://www.twitter.com/cworthdynamics Jeremy Williams http://www.twitter.com/jerware Kayte Sabicer https://www.instagram.com/kaytesabicer Bill Doran https://twitter.com/chinbeard Ariel Waldman https://youtube.com/arielwaldman Darrell Maloney https://www.youtube.com/brokennerd Kristen Lomasney https://twitter.com/krystynlo Intro bumper by Abe Dieckman Thanks for watching!

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A new spin on Blade Runner’s grim cyberpunk in Adult Swim’s ‘Black Lotus’ trailer

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Blade Runner: Black Lotus is coming to Adult Swim in the fall. But what is it?

A new trailer for the team-up between the Cartoon Network offshoot and anime streamer Crunchyroll serves us a first look at this CG take on the sci-fi dystopia dreamed up by filmmaker Ridley Scott. The 13-episode series stars, on the English-language side, Jessica Henwick (Netflix Marvel’s Colleen Wing) as a female replicant with a mysterious backstory and purpose.

Most of what we know about the upcoming series is revealed in this trailer, which amounts to our first proper look at what Adult Swim and Crunchyroll have cooked up. It’s appropriately rainy and moody for a Blade Runner story, and yes, that is the voice of Succession‘s Brian Cox at around the one-minute mark.

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Zuckerberg’s views on the metaverse and interoperability

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Let’s talk about Mark Zuckerberg and the metaverse, including interoperability. In a recent declaration, Mr Zuckerberg laid out his five-year plan to make Facebook known as a ‘metaverse company,’ rather than a mobile internet company. We’ve known about Facebook’s motivation to explore the next computing platform for some time, but this is the most public exploration of the CEO’s future vision. 

I can draw a lot from the announcement and the subsequent interviews, but there is one important strand I will focus on: unparalleled interoperability within the metaverse. And it might not be attainable. 

In summary, Mr Zuckerberg expects some siloing to happen. In a recent interview with the Verge, he notes that he wants to reach as many people as possible, and with wide-reaching access:

  • ‘We want to make [social systems] as affordable as possible, we want to make them as unified as possible, and part of that is making sure that things can run everywhere, can run across different platforms, [and] can talk to each other.’ But at the same time, he expects some siloes as different companies will have ‘different visions’ of the future. Which makes sense, as several companies create networks that define their own ways of open access. 
  • It also makes sense that he wants as open access as possible. Facebook is primarily a social media company, so if they own the advertising space of an open metaverse, then their reach would be unparalleled compared to other advertising companies. Though by that point, Facebook would have also diversified their portfolio into other types of services within the virtual space. 

But what worries me is that he calls Matthew Ball’s vision of the metaverse as ‘idealistic’ that it will develop in a particular way. Mr Zuckerberg focuses on how companies may define interoperability in different ways, from decentralisation to universal set standards. But looking deeper, it might indicate that he expects several companies to have power within the metaverse by building the foundations of it, shaping its form and future. It’s more difficult to have checks to power if they build your world brick-by-brick. 

The metaverse discussion is nebulous because we can’t define its future. Like others, Facebook sees a stake in the future and wants to play its part, to future-proof the business. But like any building, it must be built on the firm foundations of sound principles, not the shifting sands of corporate interest. So far, Facebook’s goals are good on paper – but I am intrigued about how they might change in five years’ time. 

The above might indicate that I dislike Facebook. Not so; I use their services every day and it connects me with my friends and family. But I also know how powerful the company is, and I want it to grow in a direction that helps everyone in society, rather than fragmenting it. 

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