Another day, another cool blockchain project. This time we are talking about a piece of software that could provide users with a sort of “telepresence” across the globe using live video streams they can control. Or as they like to put it, the service could “give people the power to be instantly everywhere.”
Yes, it sounds too good to be true, but we think there is something in this rather bombastic promise. Let’s take a look, shall we?
The telepresence marketplace
The name of the project is UbiatarPlay and it aims to create a marketplace where users can hire someone’s physical presence in order to see and hear the world as they do.
On one end of the “line” are “Usars” requiring telepresence in some part of the world, and on the other – the so called “Avatars,” which are paid to live-stream their smartphone’s camera at a location their “Usar” chooses. The system involves an easy-to-use web and mobile apps that would enable the customer (Usar) to direct the Avatar and move them where they desire.
Speaking of apps, UbiatarPlay says that a lot of work has been put into creating a system where Avatars can easily understand what their customer is asking of them, with icons making the process “quick, effortless and precise.”
The system relies on patented technology, apps and software from Ubiatar Inc, a Silicon Valley-based company. There is, naturally, a blockchain underneath to record all transactions between Usars and Avatars.
According to UbiatarPlay’s white paper, there are several use cases for this technology. One example depicts an Avatar based in Egypt offering museum experiences in a setup that would let people from all over the world “freely explore any room, any masterpiece and any document they like.”
Another example envisions a businessman who needs to be “telepresent” at a meeting in another country, or students attending lectures at their universities remotely.
In a nutshell, UbiatarPlay thinks its technology could be a game changer for people who cannot afford or do not have the time to physically be somewhere.
Avatars would be the ones setting their hourly rate or offer timed packages for experiences, with the built-in scheduling system on the platform helping them manage their bookings. In that sense, UbiatarPlay hopes the technology could help reduce unemployment rates around the world, and yes — there will be rules to ensure Avatars are not mistreated or requested to do something illegal.
All transactions on the platform will be conducted in Ubiatar coins (UAC), which will make transactions inclusive as well as “decentralized, secure and affordable.”
Once earned, Avatars would be able to spend their UAC holdings through prepaid cards which are accepted anywhere Visa and MasterCard can be used.
Also at the end of every stream, Usars will rate their Avatar’s performance and vice versa, helping to create a marketplace of reputable providers.
ICO is about to start
UbiatarPlay’s initial coin offering is expected to begin on May 9. And if everything goes as planned, 10,000 unique users will be registered on the platform by the third quarter of 2018.
To help bring even more users on board, UbiatarPlay plans to launch a major advertising campaign where at least 1,000 Avatars broadcast live from the streets, creating “the world’s largest TV network of real-time, live video streams.”
Looking into the future, UbiatarPlay wants to offer a virtual reality headset so users can enjoy an immersive experience when they are exploring a remote location.
And finally, the company plans to launch what it calls the Million Avatars Initiative in 2020, and eventually become as widespread as other sharing economy players such as Uber and Airbnb. That’s one bold goal, we gotta admit.