After exploring some metaverse sites (Meta's Horizon World, VRChat, Decentraland, The Sandbox), you might decide to launch your physical Gumball Machine into that overhyped universe.
To compound the hype, you can program the machine to dispense NFTs.
The Gumball Machine, now the Metaverse Gumball Machine looks like this in Decentraland, in the metaverse.
District Hall Gumball Machine design, ported to the metaverse, wrapped with two planetary textures from Solar Systems Scope: "Earth: Daytime," and "Moon".
Here's the view from the hood of the Mini Cooper Museum next door.
It's way over on the bottom left, just over the giant right headlight of the Mini Cooper Museum.
At the same time, it made sense to launch a companion The Metaverse Gumball Machine also exists in IRL. in the physical world, in District Hall, Boston. That's right: it's intergalatic, inter-dimensional.
So how did you get that NFT?
Just put up a form. Then when someone submits a wallet address, you can send them a fully minted NFT -- for free -- to the wallet address. You don't have to do anything else. It will be there, easily verifiable on the blockchain.
Now the user can have fun with it. For example, they can explore exactly what kind of NFT it is, what it looks like, how it was created, and so on.
Or they can move on. They can come back to it in a few years and say to yourself in a semi-thoughtful distracted way, "Oh, yeaaah, I remember that."
More Information for the Interested
One easy way to launch a free NFT is via the Polygon blockchain. Polygon works on top of Ethereum which had become slow and expensive to use.
But here's the thing: Polygon syncs up perfectly with Ethereum, which is still the #1 NFT platform.
All that NFT bubble-ly behavior that has been so annoying to witness (Bored Ape, Crypto Punks, etc.) -- it had funded terrific development of Ethereum, which is the "settlement layer" of Polygon. So Polygon is now the smart kids choice for NFTs: virtually no gas fees, but ultimately "settled" on Top Choice, A-List Ethereum.
Polygon is the smart kids choice for NFTs: virtually no gas fees, but ultimately "settled" on Top Choice, A-List Ethereum.
So, bottom line: even though many old-school NFT types might wince (because they are locked into Ethereum as their only option), Polygon delivers a better experience than Ethereum: faster and cheaper (tiny, tiny gas fees). The gas fees, really, are whispery, almost imperceptible (like 0.001).
The gas fees are whispery, almost imperceptible (like 0.001 MATIC, currently less than a penny USD). That's why we can offer this NFT for free.
And best of all: the Polygon network was built to provide a better experience for projects that operate in harmony with the Ethereum chain.
Polygon's Ethereum Virtual Machine (EVM) compatibility makes it ideal for developers looking to build efficient and secure projects. The Polygon network is Ethereum-native, aligned to be interoperable with all of Ethereum’s existing, and future, infrastructures.
That's important, because think of all the developers who have been sharpening their skills on Ethereum, funded by early, crazy, well-funded NFT projects. All along they've been making Ethereum more solid, more bulletproof. Polygon taps into that, without saddling you with that layer-one mega gas fee.
So we're doing you a favor here: If you haven't used Polygon, it's time you do.