September 22nd, 2022

We’ve updated our app’s collection deployment and mint NFT flows.

Click here to deploy some collections and mint some NFTs.

Our collection deployment flow has been updated to make it easy to deploy collections on multiple networks.

We’re thrilled to introduce Beam Status, a new page enabling you to check the status of your NFTs as they beam across the EVM ecosystem.

Click here to bridge NFTs.

The Beam Status page enables you to view your:

  • NFT’s name

  • associated collection

  • source chain (click to view tx on block explorer)

  • messaging layer status (thanks to LayerZero)

  • destination chain (click to view tx on block explorer)

  • time elapsed

  • status of the tx

We’re excited to announce that Holograph Protocol’s Testnet Beta smart contracts are now verified and open source. This move demonstrates our commitment to building in public with the web3 community.

  • Click here to view the Holograph GitHub

  • Click here to view the Holograph Protocol GitHub Repo

  • Click here to view the Holograph smart contract on Etherscan

  • Click here to view the CxipERC721 smart contract on Etherscan

  • Click here to view the PA1D smart contract on Etherscan

This milestone is important for a number of reasons.

We’re excited to announce the testnet beta launch of Bridge, which enables NFTs to beam across EVM blockchains with complete data integrity. This is the second of many milestones in the development of Holograph Protocol.

Bridge supports beaming NFTs between Rinkeby (Ethereum testnet), Mumbai, (Polygon testnet), and Fuji (Avalanche testnet).

Bridge UI
Bridge UI

With all this talk about NFT royalties, we felt compelled to unpack Holograph’s PA1D royalty contract; how it works, what it can and can’t do, as well as implications for the future of NFT royalties. Let’s dive in.

Holograph provides an interface to enable creators to set a royalty percentage on contract deployment.

Holograph's Collection Detail Screen
Holograph's Collection Detail Screen

We’re excited to share Holograph Protocol’s technical specification. Holograph enables NFTs to beam freely between blockchains, resulting in a unified NFT ecosystem.

Click here to learn more about Holograph Protocol.

Holograph Protocol Stack
Holograph Protocol Stack

Thanks for reading and make sure to keep in touch!

In this article, we unpack Holograph’s thesis with respect to NFT interoperability. We cover the current state of cross-chain communication, crypto as religion, Holograph in the context of omnichain, and how we see these ideas evolving over the next several years.

From Monotheism to Polytheism

Public blockchains are open within themselves, but don’t easily communicate with each other. Currently, blockchains are locally composable, but not globally composable. As a result, assets and liquidity are fragmented across different blockchains. This creates a paradox that contradicts the open nature of public blockchains.

These problems are amplified by the ideological dogma of various blockchain communities. In other words, crypto has become a form of religion. The most vocal disciples (aka “maximalists”) will defend their blockchains to the death. As has played out over millennia, the clash of religious beliefs often escalates to war. In the context of blockchains, religious disagreements have led to chains wars, gas wars, and block wars to name a few.

We’re excited to announce the testnet launch of Mint, our no-code omnichain NFT minting interface. This is the first of many milestones in the development of Holograph Protocol.

We currently support minting on Rinkeby (Ethereum testnet) and Mumbai (Polygon testnet).

Getting Started

Holograph unlocks new use cases for NFTs. Let’s explore one more example.

An Omnichain Marketplace will enable users to trade and collect NFTs from various chains without having to switch networks & manage multiple native gas tokens.

Simply put:

  • One user interface will provide access to all available NFTs across all chains
  • Buy & sell NFTs without switching networks or bridging NFTs
  • A user will not need to know which chain an NFT is listed on

Holograph unlocks new use cases for NFTs. Let’s explore an example.

Mint-Specific Chains refers to the process of deploying a private EVM chain to facilitate an NFT drop and then bridging those NFTs to a public blockchain for buyers to access marketplace liquidity.

Simply put:

  • Deploy a private EVM chain
  • Mint NFTs
  • Bridge NFTs to L1 or L2 to access market liquidity

Holograph unlocks entirely new use cases for NFTs. Let’s explore an example.

Cross-Chain NFT Arbitrage will enable traders to profit from the slight differences in the price of NFTs listed on marketplaces across different chains.

Simply put:

  • Buy NFT at a lower price on Chain A
  • Bridge NFT
  • Sell NFT at a higher price on Chain B
  • Profit the difference

Holograph unlocks entirely new use cases for NFTs. Let’s explore an example.

In a recent paper called “Decentralized Society: Finding Web3’s Soul,” Vitalik Buterin, Glen Weyl, and Puja Ohlhaver introduce the concept of “Soulbound NFTs” (SBTs for short).

SBTs are “publicly visible, non-transferable tokens.”

Holograph unlocks entirely new use cases for NFTs. Let’s explore an example.

Chain Specific Properties refers to NFT properties that update dynamically based on the chain where it’s currently located.

Simply put:

  • Chain A properties: Hat, Glasses, Scarf
  • Chain B properties: Hair, Shirt, Belt
  • Chain C properties: Mustache, backpack, shoes

Holograph unlocks entirely new use cases for NFTs. Let’s explore an example.

Mint Fee Arbitrage takes advantage of the cheap transaction costs of minting NFTs on one chain, and enables those NFTs to be bridged and sold on another, more liquid chain.

Simply put:

  • Mint on the least expensive chain
  • Sell on the most liquid chain

Is it a real thing, or just another empty buzzword? Let’s unpack this further.

We acknowledge that this word has seen a lot of hype, in large part due to its affiliation with certain high profile projects. This article positions our use of omnichain within the context of Holograph.

We think our friend Andy articulates it quite well.

Today, we proudly introduce Holograph, which will soon provide omnichain NFT infrastructure for creators, developers, and enterprises. In this post, we’ll talk about how we started, where we’re at, and where we’re going.

Check out our website here.

Our founder, Jeff Gluck, spent the last 15 years as an IP lawyer defending creators against copyright infringement. When NFTs exploded in early 2021, his clients asked him how smart contracts could be used to prevent counterfeit and fraud. In response, Jeff founded CXIP Labs to protect creators from NFT copyright infringement.

Soon thereafter, Jeff realized that there were many more problems with NFTs than just copyright infringement. Lack of provenance, data impermanence, and fragmented royalties inspired him to launch Creator Minting, a self-serve interface for creators to mint their own collections and NFTs.