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Virtual Equivalents of Real Objects (VEROs): A type of non-fungible token (NFT) that can help fund the 3D digitization of natural & historical collections

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THE ARK Project from Acalerate

By ACALEATE engineer team with our visual technology experiences, we can build a virtual museum as its' main structure, with academic as extra auxiliary value, 3D modeling for real specimens, all these to build an online visual database. Each specimen will have a controlled database, from ordinary players to the professionals, students to educators can all find the archived materials that we own or cooperate with in this database.


As for the collected specimens, the collectors can choose to donate them in exchange for virtual currency, or simply scan and upload the digit form to obtain the corresponding NFT virtual specimens. A BIO-ARK warehouse will be set up to store physical specimens, where in the future these physical specimens will be able to be exhibited at their own museum or even have their own tour. Before this goal is reached, we will establish a Virtual-Tech MUSEUM (Visual Museum), each area of ​​the museum will need to be completed by experts from all walks of life. Every single plant, animal, insect, fish, fossil, amber, art, antiques, etc., will be integrated with the information provided by the user or the specimen data purchased or donated by the BIO-ARK warehouse as a complete presentation. Each virtual exhibition area will have its' own category that shows in detail the completeness of the collection.

The collection of digital samples in the virtual museum itself has diversified values, mainly focusing on education and precious information. Such as the year marked by the collection of rare samples, the location of collection/excavation, the contact information voluntarily provided by donators and scholars, etc., plus the NFT card can be leased as intellectual property rights for binding academic use, giving government research and academic units of various countries more digital resources for educational and research purposes, which will enormously improve the situation where traditional NFTs are mostly used as art investments that generate less passive income.

In the perspective of long-term investment, compared to traditional NFT projects, NFT virtual specimens with academic expertise and valuable information can better generate stable subscription revenue, reducing speculators or laymen’s manipulation or manipulation of limited NFT samples in the library. Investors who truly understand the value of the bio-samples and those from the academic field can stably invest in their favorite NFT species, or items in the specific field in which they are familiar with, and therefore purchase them with confidence.


Once the digital information from the research case is more noted, the preference from professionals can also increase the value of the ARK NFT virtual specimen. This virtuous cycle can allow the interaction between academics and the Ark platform, in this case to bring about positive and complementary effects.

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