Piligrim XXI, an augmented reality (AR) startup designing the blockchain-based platform Arcona, which allows users to deposit virtual objects anywhere in the world, has obtained a patent for its new algorithms. This solution will facilitate the creation of a universal AR layer called Digital Land. Arcona launches its ICO on April 15.
The patented algorithms will help Arcona create the world’s first digitized zones, which will appear next year in New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Beijing, Rome, Mexico City, St. Petersburg, Istanbul and Barcelona. The goal is for an AR layer to cover the Earth’s surface by the end of 2019.
To develop a series of state-of-the-art algorithms called Arcona.Core, Piligrim XXI has applied the latest scientific achievements in the areas of computer vision, prototyping, applied mathematics and neurobiology.
Support for the creation of a new AR world is growing rapidly with more than 7,000 members having already joined the Arcona community on the messaging service Telegram. Crypto watchers can also follow the project on Facebook, Reddit and Medium.
As a part of its ICO campaign, Arcona is offering unique gifts to its participants. They will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an AR layer of Digital Land in a prominent location in one of the world’s top mega-cities.
A few have already acquired access to their own plots of Digital Land. In December 2017 a New York-based tech journalist obtained more than 328 feet in the Soho neighborhood, while another plot of Digital Land was awarded to Yuri Dyatlov late last month in central Tokyo.
“My next trip to Japan and Tokyo is planned for late 2018,” Dyatlov said. “I might be coming to an unfamiliar country, but there’s already a plot of my own land waiting for me.”
At the beginning of April a plot in Tokyo next to the famous Sensō-ji temple (金龍山浅草寺 Kinryū-zan Sensō-ji) in the Asakusa district was presented to Jhen de la Cruz.
The only difference between real land and Digital Land is that the asset is located in an AR layer above the Earth’s surface. You can buy, sell, rent or donate it, or launch your own business on it, just like on real land. Arcona’s project represents a virtual impression of the planet’s surface tied to specific locations in the physical world, which is ready for the remote placement of 3D content.
“The Arcona token is the basis of the system’s economy and its single internal currency,” said Ilya Korguzalov, Arcona’s co-founder. “It opens access not only to digital land trading, but also to all functions and services within the Arcona ecosystem – 3D content trading and the design and presentation of AR projects.”
Only participants of Arcona’s ICO will be able to purchase top Digital Land plots. Before tokens are released to stock exchanges, closed auctions will be held with a starting price as low as 1 token per square meter of Digital Land.
Arcona integrates the virtual and real worlds, providing a link between an augmented reality layer called the Digital Land and natural landmarks on the Earth’s surface. The project will allow users to position and manage content remotely.
In 2014, Piligrim XXI, Arcona’s creator, launched the world’s first augmented reality park, a reconstructed Teutonic Knights’ castle in Ludza, Latvia, which increased tourist flow 30% while extending visit times eightfold. The company has now designed eight AR parks in France, Italy, Russia, Latvia, Estonia and Bulgaria and has created the first network of outdoor AR parks with a total area of 12 miles.