A unique NFT of the Birkenstock sandals that Steve Jobs, a co-founder of Apple, wore at various points in his life, sold for more than $200,000.
Nike’s Dot Swoosh platform lands
Nike has launched an NFT marketplace called.Swoosh, marking its most recent entry into the nonfungible token (NFT) and metaverse spaces.
Nike stated that its “first digital collection” will debut on the Web3 platform in 2023 while.Swoosh is still in the beta stage, with the remainder of 2022 being devoted to expanding the platform and user base.
Digital footwear, clothing, accessories, and other collectibles will be among the “virtual creations” that will be made accessible the next year. Additionally, some will grant access to advantages like real-world products and events.
Members can participate in a community challenge after the launch of the first collection for the chance to co-create a virtual good with Nike.
The challenge winners will be eligible for an undisclosed amount of royalties on the virtual good they helped co-create, according to Nike.
Nike Virtual Studios’ general manager, Ron Faris, stated.
Nike wrote on Twitter that the platform would help “onboard the next millions” into the “wonderful world of web3 and digital assets,” while Swoosh provides a “gateway into a new digital arena.”
We are creating a future marketplace with an approachable platform for web3-curious users, he continued.
Nike joined the metaverse game in 2021 by purchasing the virtual footwear and collectibles company RTFKT. Nikeland, a virtual realm, was also introduced.
Although all three initiatives for the corporation employ the same tools and technology, SWOOSH, they are all distinct projects.
Steve Jobs NFT sandals go under the hammer
A one-of-a-kind NFT of the Birkenstock sandals that Steve Jobs, the co-founder of Apple, wore at various points in his life, sold at auction for $218,750.
The auction was held by Julien’s Auctions from November 11 to November 13, and a total of 19 bidders attempted to purchase the shoes with bids between $15,000 and $175,000.
The deal included an NFT that was minted on the Polygon blockchain and featured a 360° digital representation of Steve Jobs sandals.
The physical sandals bearing the “imprint of Steve Jobs’ feet” were included with the NFT, which is a 1-of-1 edition. It also included a hard case for storage and transportation and the book The 213 Most Important Men in My Life by Jean Pigozzi.
The sandals and NFT were initially expected to bring in between $60,000 and $80,000; however, after 19 bids, the sandals actually sold for $218,750. The new sandal NFT owner hasn’t been made publically known.
In 1976, Steve Wozniak and Jobs co-founded Apple. Pancreatic cancer claimed Jobs’ life in 2011.
First airport metaverse takes flight in India
Metaport, a metaverse airport created on the Polygon blockchain, has been launched by Bangalore International Airport.
The metaverse, which was launched on November 11 by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has a digital replica of Terminal 2 at Bangalore International Airport and enables users to interact with other travelers, access entertainment, and shop.
The Polygon vice president of enterprises, Arpit Sharma, published a video of Metaport in use on November 12.
In the video, a user logs into the Metaverse airport, alters the appearance and attire of their avatar, and then explores the virtual world.
Before a boarding call forces the user to leave the metaverse, the avatar engages in text-based conversations with a number of other users, goes on an art tour, and has the opportunity to make virtual purchases.
The initiative, which is being hailed as the first metaverse airport in the world, is the result of a partnership between Bangalore International Airport, Polygon, Intel, and Amazon Web Services.
2022 FIFA World Cup NFTs kicking off
The 2022 FIFA World Cup is set to begin in Qatar on November 20 and various businesses have been introducing Web3 games and releasing NFT collections in the run-up to the tournament.
Adidas, a sportswear brand, released a World Cup advertising trailer on November 14 that features Lionel Messi and other players along with Indigo Herz from the Bored Ape Yacht Club (BAYC).
The cereal box for “Indigoooooals” featured Herz.
On September 17, 2021, the world’s largest footwear company acquired Indigo Herz, or BAYC #8774, for 46 Ether, or about $58,500 at the time.
Holders are granted complete intellectual property rights by Yuga Labs to use the characters in commercial projects.
Major credit card issuer Visa earlier this month unveiled five NFTs with a soccer theme and World Cup goals of well-known players that will be auctioned off on November 1. All of the money raised during the auction, which ran through November 8th, was given to a UK-based charity.
At the FIFA Fan Festival, which will debut during the World Cup, the payments company is also offering fans the chance to design their own NFTs on a virtual field.
Budweiser and FIFA collaborated to release Budverse X World Cup, a live scoreboard NFT collection, on October 14.
The NFT will follow and track the progress throughout the FIFA World Cup, according to the OpenSea description. Once users mint their world cup team.
FIFA revealed on Nov. 9 that there will be at least four Web3 games available for fans to play while at the World Cup.