by 0x6042a0368f7bf354b44aab2fad70c4977dc24afb (MandyJennifa#4afb)
Should the following Tier 5: up to $120,000 USD, 6 months vesting (1 month cliff) grant in the Community category be approved?
We identified that there was no existing tool that gave users the ability to create their own clothing for the metaverse without technical 3D design skills, advanced software and expensive hardware. These constraints limit the creative output of the Decentraland community. Over the past 12 months, our team has invested capital and time in building our first version of the MOD Studio software. We are seeking to further develop the studio with specific updates to support Decentraland users. These updates will include - importing Decentraland avatar armature and wearables, creating a catalogue of 100 Decentraland wearables, and building a live editor so users can easily create 3D assets in real time.
Our mission is to empower a global community of metaverse creators through intuitive technology. The team at MOD have been working for 12 months with experts in the field to create an intuitive application that allows users to easily make 3D wearables and accessories in the simplest way. Our achievements to date include building MOD Studio, a Unity, web browser based application that enables users to select from an extensive library or upload their own wearables and easily edit textures and materials to create high quality custom assets to wear or sell in the metaverse. Users are also able to adjust the lighting, skybox image and take pictures within the studio. With MOD Studio it is quick, easy and cheap for artists and communities to bring their vision to life, while staying in full control of the creative process. The software can be trialled here: https://app.getmod.studio/
We believe our application will be invaluable to the continued success of Decentraland. It will make 3D modeling and design more accessible to the Decentraland community, including the large user base without access to technical knowledge, expensive hardware and advanced software. For example, the cost to hire a designer to make a simple item like a T-shirt, hoodie or pants starts between $50-150, with an additional fee to publish to Decentraland. This makes wearables financially inaccessible to many users. Currently, there are no transaction fees in MOD Studio. In 2023 we will be implementing small transaction fees to publish wearables created in the software. This feel will be minimal in order to keep the application accessible to everyone and attract a wide user base.
The key updates that will benefit Decentraland users include:
1. Optimize MOD Studio for Decentraland
a) Import Decentraland avatar armature with wearables
b) Decentraland color palette incorporated into default textures and materials
c) Export wearables with 2 textures (512 x 512px)
- Simplify the process for creating Decentraland wearables while maintaining a high quality output
- Make creating more accessible
- Allow collaboration between artists and within communities
- Ability to easily update existing models
2. Create a catalogue of 100 wearables based on community feedback
- Provide a wide range of wearables for artists and designers to modify
- Guided by Decentraland users’ feedback
- Hire existing Decentraland creators
- Reduce revisions, thereby reducing work for Decentraland DAO as all wearables will abide by the existing guidelines
3. Live editor so that users are able to create wearables in real time easily by drawing or dragging stickers - see what you’re doing, while you’re doing it.
- Allow 2D artists to start creating in 3D
- Simplify the process of 3D design to make it available to everyone
- Not available in any other metaverse
We have determined these features based on the following feedback from testing a basic Studio we built for Decentraland (Easily Create Decentraland Wearables): (1) Users were unable to import existing models and armature; (2) users had access to a limited number of wearables and requested more; and (3) users lacked the software to edit templates or found this difficult as they couldn’t see them updated on the model in real-time.
The project will be carried out by the MOD Studio team. Amanda, Robert , Zoiner and Scott will lead the project.
Amanda Pope (Co-founder, Project management) - Amanda has been an active member of the Decentraland community, working closely with the Limewire team and Decentraland Foundation to bring fashion to their iconic Decentraland experiences. These include the We Set the Trends, Migos and Jim Jones debut and Limewire MVMF22.
Robert Nava (Co-founder, Project Management) - Robert is an entrepreneur with over ten years of experience in Technology, Digital Sales and Marketing. Robert is immensely knowledgeable and experienced in XR, metaverse, and blockchain technology, and an active member of the Metaverse Standards Forum.
Zoiner Tejada (CTO, Cloud Architect) - Zoiner has more than 20 years of experience in the software industry as a software architect, CTO, and start-up CEO. He was among the first to receive a Microsoft Azure MVP (“Most Valuable Professional”) designation and has since been awarded the MVP for eight consecutive years, including a dual MVP award for Azure and Data Platform and most recently for Artificial Intelligence (AI). Additionally, he is recognized by Microsoft as a Microsoft Regional Director.
Scott Reed (Senior Engineer, Cloud Architect) - Scott has 30 years experience as a cloud architect, starting at IBM in 1993. Scott is responsible for the day-to-day oversight, strategy, and supervision of our technical development system and team.
Roadmap and milestones
- Optimize MOD Studio for Decentraland
Total estimated time: 4 weeks
- Build the live editor
Total estimated time: 8 weeks
- Gather feedback from the community to curate the wearables catalog
- Hire 3D modelers from within the Decentraland community
- Finalise and test catalog of wearables
Total estimated time: 4 weeks
Total project estimated time: 12-16 weeks
Design budget: $5,000
Development budget: $90,000
Wearables creation budget: $12,000
Hosting fees: $1,000
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