What’s Going On?
Grammy and Emmy Award winning artist Pras Michel has launched the Motif, claimed to be the first blockchain-based smartphone intended for the US market.
Why Does It Matter?
Created in partnership with mobile industry experts, the new smartphone is linked to a debit card that can be used for everyday transactions, says Michel’s company, Blacture.
“Everyone has a phone and I mean everyone,” said Michel. “Bearing that in mind, we looked for the best technology to improve lives. That’s why we are launching this smartphone as it’s the first that’s designed with the culture in mind. It’s the first phone that actually pays the user back.”
It Pays The User?
The Motif looks like a typical smartphone, reported Futurism, but the new phone runs on the Zippie operating system, which rewards owners with tokens when they use their phones for activities like buying things online. Full details are yet to emerge, but tokens are also promised for agreeing to share personal data.
Zippie was founded in May 2016 by Antti Saarnio – chairman of established smartphone company Jolla – and fellow veterans of Jolla’s Sailfish OS and Nokia’s MeeGo OS projects.
The dual-SIM, Android-based Motif will be available for purchase later this year, said Blacture, retailing for between $350-$395. Other tech highlights include a Qualcomm SD450 octa-core processor, 5.99-inch HD screen, 16 megapixel camera, fingerprint sensor, wireless charging capability and NFC capability.
Last month we reported that Foxconn Technology Group is to build a blockchain-enabled phone with Taiwan-based electronics manufacturer Sirin.