Worldcoin is a new, global digital currency that will be distributed fairly to as many people as possible. Worldcoin will launch by giving a free share to everyone on Earth. The hope is to give billions of people, from all over the world, equal access to one collectively owned, decentralized network. In doing so, they hope to accelerate the transition towards a more inclusive and prosperous global economy.
For this to happen, they first had to solve one major challenge: ensuring that every person on earth can prove they are indeed human and that they have not received their free share of Worldcoin already. To address this, they built a new device called "The Orb". It solves the problem through biometrics: the Orb captures an image of an eye, generates a unique code, and uses this to check whether this person has signed up before. If successful, this person receives their Worldcoin tokens.
In contrast to many centralized services we use today, the Orb does not require any other personal information. Modern cryptography fully preserves privacy by decoupling the identifying codes from anything happening after the verification with the Orb.
The design of the Orb is a powerful and ubiquitous symbol of the global vision of the ambitious Worldcoin project. The spherical shape embodies the worldly and generous intention of the project. The design, planetary in reference with it’s structural center line set at 23.5 degrees - same as the Earth’s axis - tilt the interface and camera towards the user and gives the Orb it’s universal appeal.
The Orb experience is designed to be universally understood and inviting. The user interface is created with two concentric LED circles that guide the user through the onboarding process in a way that is simple and easily understood. The aim is that all people in the world are willing to engage, and the project becomes global.
In the design process, much effort was made to hide the eye scanning cameras and the many sensors needed to verify that each human is unique, with the aim to create a human, inviting and secure onboarding experience.
It is only a few months away from a global launch and field tests are running in many locations around the world. Already, people are waiting hours to receive their free share of Worldcoin and entrepreneurs are building whole businesses around the Orb. Currently, a single device can onboard around seven hundred new people, on average, per week. At full capacity, they plan to produce more than fifty thousand devices per year. It is still early, but these results make everyone optimistic that Worldcoin will soon connect the first billion users in one commonly owned crypto network.
Nothing like this has ever been done before and the outcome is uncertain.
We are pleased to be part of Worldcoin’s incredibly talented team designing The Orb and are looking forward to experience the impact this project will have on increased equality of opportunity on a global scale.
Learn more on worldcoin.org