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Soona
what was the inspiration behind ethmoji?
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Elena Nadolinski
@soonaorlater Hey! :) We had a couple of inspirations going into ethmoji, one being identity, and the other being a way for participants to create tokens they can truly call their own.
Ethereum isn't as anonymous as people want it to be - every transaction can still be traced back to your primary wallet, so instead of you identifying yourself as a cold boring number, we wanted to let people identify their wallets by a cute emoji they made instead :) We also released a javascript library with ethmoji as well (https://www.npmjs.com/package/ethmoji-js) so that other dapps and websites can easily integrate and seamlessly use these avatars associated with people's wallets.
The other motivation is that the mainstream opinion of Ethereum tech is that it's purely financial. By letting people compose their very own, fun, one-of-a-kind ethmojis, we want to break that stereotype and show just how creative you can go with the Ethereum ecosystem :)
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Ben Tossell
What have been some of the biggest obstacles in making this?
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Elena Nadolinski
@bentossell Uniqueness :) We went to great lengths to make sure that the ethmoji you create is not only unique based on the composition layers that it uses, but also visually unique. As we were building this, we recognized a problem where one could create an emoji with a unique combination of layers, but such that a bigger component could be hiding other components making it visually look like an already existing emoji. To mitigate this, we take a hash of the resulting image and store that in the smart contract such that anyone can verify it.
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Soona
what's the grand vision behind ethmoji? how do you see the mainstream adopting it?
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Elena Nadolinski
@soonaorlater We foresee mainstream adoption occurring from the ease and convenience of creating a likable visual secondary verification layer for your wallet, or just plain having fun with creating a crypto-collectible ethmoji 🤩
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Ben Tossell
What is the NEED behind a gravatar for Ethereum? (I mean, I love emoji so 🤷‍♂️)
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Elena Nadolinski
@bentossell haha me too :)
One clear need for unique secondary identifiers for your Ethereum wallet is a second layer of verification that you're sending funds or interacting with the correct wallet. It's hard to immediately recognize an Ethereum wallet address and verify that it's correct, and a lot easier if there was a secondary identifier for that Ethereum wallet of a cute emoji that you can easily recognize and verify :)
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Jemal E. Le Grand OLY
Once mainstream starts using it what does the future look like for Ethmoji? for example new add ons?
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Alex Atallah
@Jemallegrand Lots of possibilities here: more accessorizing, making ethmoji squads with your friends, seeing how much revenue you're earning, games that use your ethmojis as characters, and more! we have a lot of stuff in the pipeline, all oriented around giving you a fun pseudononymous identity to use on blockchains
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Jemal E. Le Grand OLY
What are some obstacles you and your team might face in the future making ethmoji mainstream?
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Alex Atallah
@Jemallegrand cross-platform compatibility will be challenging, e.g. Apple is very strict about payments in iOS apps. But we fully believe that the current "Identicons" being used in wallet providers like MetaMask are ridiculous, and the mainstream market will want more
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Zack Voell
This is pretty cool, coming from a Bitcoin soft-maximalist. Seems like the end game is to replace bitmoji?
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Jessica Alter
Very cool. Is this a side activity for you, or the main project? How big is the team?
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Hank Stoever
Love this project, and the website is really clean. Fun to play with. Personally, I'm haven't been one to use things like Bitmoji or other artistic rendition tools for my avatar - I just use pictures. If you want to be 'gravatar for Ethereum' - which is super cool, will you support pictures at some point?
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Ben Tossell
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