Since launching at the end of 2022, map2earn has become an essential part of the OVER platform. The ability to precisely locate assets in both indoor and outdoor spaces with greater than GPS accuracy, makes map2earn the true gateway to the AR metaverse.

Users can map the physical world, precisely anchor content and then get a NeRF-generated fly-through simulation of the map location.

In 2023 we will complete the system (currently in beta) and release a production version, which will include the minting of NFTs. These NFTs are known as OVRMaps and are the 3D output of the map2earn system. Users who map a location keep the NFT output or they can sell it on the OVER Marketplace. Other mapping incentives include tasks to map iconic locations around the world or locations owned by members of the OVER community, which are paid for using OVR tokens.

An OVRMap NFT comprises three main assets:

3D Point Cloud – the visual manifestation of the mapped location
Today the point cloud is only usable on the Unity SDK. We will integrate it inside the Web Builder making precise editing and relocalization accessible to everyone. We will also integrate a point cloud viewer inside the marketplace and the app so it will be possible to explore point clouds without the need to install additional software.

Digital Fly-through – the immersive NeRF video simulation
Thanks to the latest computer vision breakthroughs provided by NeRF (neural radiance fields) we’re now able to re-create fly-through simulations of the mapped locations. We will also enable several features to empower the owner of the OVRMap to create personalized visualizations:

  • In-app interface to define the center of the OVRMap during the mapping activity
  • Additional standard orbits to choose from
  • Inclusion of the AR experience inside the simulation
  • Interface to create a personalized orbit inside the mapping

The end goal is to release a real-time NeRF simulation of the augmented environment, blurring the borders between AR and VR in an extended reality experience.

Re-localization Parameters – the coordinates to relocalize you in a space.
Re-localization is fully operational on the OVER platform with an average accuracy of 20 cm and 5 degrees. This year we’ll make improvements to the system and introduce new AI algorithms with increased accuracy and resilience.

In-app purchase of NFT assets

We will remove barriers like wallet set-up and funding, safe key storage, gas and KYC etc. by enabling Apple Pay and Google Pay for NFT purchases directly in-app. This will empower traditionally non-crypto and Web3 savvy users to participate in the OVER ecosystem.

Staking 3.0

We will release the new version of staking smart contracts, enabling in-platform rewards for long term holders, while eliminating the selling pressure usually generated by staking programs. The system will also allow for the long-awaited distribution of reserved OVRLands.

Play-to-earn SAAS:

The treasure hunt mechanic was one of the first vertical use cases we built on OVER. Adoption was impressive, with over 1.6 million physical locations featured. There are two main innovations we’re releasing this year:

  • AI-powered system that processes multiple data sources to combat cheating
  • The aforementioned Software as a Service (SAAS), making it possible to create your own treasure hunt with an easy-to-use interface to guide creators. You’ll also be able to create treasure hunts on OVRLands you do not own by paying a fixed fee to the owners who grant permission to use their property

IPFS Hosting

OVER is a permissionless and open layer that connects 3D assets to locations with precise geo-localization. Through the OVER app, and soon other AR browsers, you visualize 3D data and experiences stored on the platform. However, in order to be permissionless, such a system needs to run on a credibly neutral infrastructure. Currently, one part of the system – the connection between the 3D assets and the geographic locations – is fully decentralized, thanks to the OVRLand and OVRMap NFTs.

Now, OVER is applying this decentralization to the hosting of the assets. We have built an IPFS system that allows the distribution of content to multiple and redundant hosting servers. The IPFS is currently in closed beta and will be made fully operative in 2023.

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