Gamers can hop onto hoverboards thanks to a new gaming world built around NFT’s that has been developed by Jadu in partnership with American rappers GRIMES and Snoop Dogg, along with Formula One Champion Lewis Hamilton.
Also working with Jadu to design the hoverboards, were Nigerian American visual artist Mimi Onuoha and NFT curator Trippy. The hoverboards went on sale last year for a cost of 0.222 ETH and are a key mode of transportation in Jadu’s Augmented Reality world, which is called Mirrorverse.
The NFT game featuring hoverboards, uses 3D avatars which can navigate a 3D space using transportation devices, including jetpacks, which sold out in seconds when they were introduced onto the market.
The Jadu 5555 hoverboards can be used with 40,000+ avatars such as LarvaLabs, Meetbits, FLUFs and VOIDS. Players can use them to journey to real world locations and anybody who buys a jet pack, also gets a hoverboard for free.
Jadu CEO Asad J.Malik, explains: “In the game, over time, there will be situations where you need different Jetpacks or different hoverboards. It gamifies this experiences of owning assets that make our players our stakeholders. AR is a delightful new way for us to engage with our space and planet. NFTs can serve as a new way to build incentive systems for communities that allow monetary value generated by gaming platforms to be shared with their players.”
Each of the celebrity collaborators, has designed their own hoverboad. Snoop Dogg in particular, is really keen on Metaverse gaming and Lewis Hamilton is a big supporter of design, the arts and STEM, although he hasn’t done a lot of work within Metaverse before.
NFT curator Trippy, runs a huge psychedelic art community only and also collaborated with Jadu on some rare jetpacks, which are fetching more than $50,000.
The hoverboards will feature in Jadu’s upcoming augmented reality Mirrorverse game. They’re colourful and extremely fast, with each version having its own speed, handling and jump capabilities.
The Mirrorverse, according to Jadu is: “The intersection of the Metaverse and physical reality. Jadu is building a World Scale AR game where players can travel through real world locations searching for rare in-game NFT’s.”
Hoverboard Duo designs allow for two avatars to travel on the same board at once, although this compromises the overall performance. And then there is Hoverboard X, a rare model that boasts additional components and is extremely fast.
The celebrity partnership hoverboards also feature a Jadu Circuitboard, which enables a pair of avatars to travel on board at the same time.
As you would expect, the Lewis Hamilton hoverboard, scores 100% when it comes to speed.
The price of 0.222 ETH, is considerable for a piece of kit that doesn’t actually exist in the real world, but Malik explains: “You are not purchasing one of 10K cartoon animals that a generative algorithm blurted out for a Discord server. You are purchasing an item that embodies the cutting edge of AR technology and game play built by one of the most experienced teams in the industry. We are up against a dozen billion dollar tech behemoths and the difference between .2 ETH mint vs .222 ETH mint is two more engineers we can hire.”