The interoperable persistent-state digital companions will be secured as NFTs. They will provide a lifelike experience enabling owners to interact with them, across VR worlds, AR, mobile, or Web apps
The Digital Pets Company, a Web3 startup, is launching the ultimate companions for the metaverse – AI-driven 3D digital dogs, which are secured as NFTs (non-fungible tokens).
Combining AI, extended reality (XR) and blockchain technologies, the company is creating a continuous two-way emotional relationship with a virtual being across virtual environments, apps, and games. Each dog is unique in its appearance and personality, powered by the startup’s proprietary PetOS technology.
The company’s mission is to create lifelike interactions using voice, visual, and touch communication to allow people to interact with their Digital Dogs in the same way as their physical pets. They can give them a name, train them, love them, and play with other people and their digital dogs when they meet.
All the Digital Dogs, along with their visual and personality traits, are secured as NFTs on the Ethereum blockchain. Each NFT will belong to one digital wallet owned by a specific user. The startup’s unique blockchain implementation enables users to care for the Digital Dog and train it together with other users, such as family members and friends. Like in real life, a Digital Dog can be a family pet or an office dog. The NFTs will be stored as ERC-721 tokens and hosted on the InterPlanetary File System (IPFS). Each NFT is connected through the proprietary PetOS to an actual Digital Dog.
Digital Dogs will be used across different virtual environments in the metaverse via the company’s proprietary SDK. The Digital Pets Company will sell NFTs that will allow digital dog owners to get to know their dogs and train them through one-on-one digital interactions. The owners will use tokens which will help train the digital dogs by providing positive incentives, much like real-life dogs. The startup will develop social interaction in digital playgrounds where people and dogs will be able to socialize.
“In the coming decade, we will see more and more virtual spaces where people will spend time and create new interactions,” says Itay Hasid, co-founder and CEO of The Digital Pets Company. “These spaces will be very empty and lonely without suitable content, which connects people and establishes substantial social relations. Dogs, which are man’s best friends, make us happier and help us connect with new people. I believe that artificial intelligence, animation, and multisensory communications that combine voice, sight, and touch, will make it possible to create true relationships, exactly like in the physical world, and fulfill social and emotional needs.”
In order to commercialize the technology, The Digital Pets Company has raised pre-seed funding from Outlier Ventures, Hawk Digital, MaxStealth and the angel investor Dr. Rafi Gidron, co-founder of Chromatis, which was sold to Lucent for around $4.8 billion in 2000, in one of the biggest exits in the history of Israel. The startup is holding discussions with additional potential investors.
The Digital Pets Company was established in July 2021 and is led by dog-loving engineers and developers. The team consists of AI, machine learning, and virtual reality experts. Itay Hasid, who co-founded the startup with Maciej Miarecki and Amit Yogev, is a 34-year-old serial entrepreneur who co-founded the startup companies Mobeego (acquired by Life Clips), Kado and Qase, among other ventures.
Note to editors: digital identity, avatars and Laika – the world’s first digital dog
Digital identity is becoming more significant than ever. Many people are buying avatars that will represent them in online social experiences, dress them in suitable clothing and footwear, in order to express the owner’s unique digital identity. Giant companies like Meta Platforms (formerly Facebook) even propose to create avatars which can accompany users across different virtual worlds, in order to establish a unified and persistent digital identity.
To demonstrate its technology, The Digital Pets Company has made the Laika Web app demo available. Named after the first dog in space, Laika is the first-ever Digital Dog. As a proof of concept, Laika has set a strong foundation for a new living, self-learning species, utilizing voice-AI, extended reality, and blockchain technologies in a way that has never been done before.
Beyond Laika, The Digital Pets Company is currently finalizing construction of its digital laboratory. The lab is a unique 3D virtual space that currently contains the first-generation embryos of the Digital Dogs. These are still growing in incubators. Owners will have access to the same space where they can see how the dogs develop, as well as give them a name and soon train them.
Try a demo of Laika: https://laika.thedigitaldogs.co
The Digital Pets Company SDK
The Digital Pets Company’s proprietary SDK is an interoperable software solution that leverages a mixture of AI technologies such as natural language comprehension and processing, optical character recognition (OCR), reinforcement learning, conversational AI, and inverse kinematics, to mimic the cognitive abilities of pets and the ways we interact with them.
For more information, please visit The Digital Pets Company website at https://thedigitaldogs.co/, Twitter page at https://twitter.com/thedigitaldogs, or Instagram page at https://www.instagram.com/thedigitaldogs/.