The starbeam.one Product Experience™
Explaining what it is here that is being sold from a customer perspective
NFTs can be thought of as a record containing a URL to a singular media file that someone "owns" on a blockchain. This link is fragile and if it changes for whatever reason, the "owner" loses access to the file they paid money for.
("Owner" and "owns" are put in quotes as the "owner's" key can be guessed and stolen at any time without recourse if someone were to guess it.)
Additionally, since the link is public, it is easily crawlable and downloadable without having to pay a cent.
starbeam.one is not an NFT, but a 100% centralized alternative, re-imagining the concept of digital ownership and finding ways to improve on legacy NFTs. One way of doing this is to not provide a fragile link to a singular file, but provide an entire product experience. This is done by generating a full website complete with HTML and corresponding image assets for each and every Resalable Digital License produced on starbeam.one.
Note further that this product is protected by default, meaning only the owner of the license and the owner alone can view this hosted product. It is not publicly available and therefore cannot be crawled. (Sorry NFT bay, or rather, an RDL bay 🤔🤷♂️)
starbeam.one uses the old-school compact disc (CD) as its reference for a product. When you purchased a CD, you not only received the music inside but the entire packaging surrounding it, which included cool art and related marketing information. starbeam.one takes this premise and digitizes it.
Let's first start with a tour of a CD to see how they were designed. It starts with the containing packaging, which usually consists of a plastic jewel case. I have been using Moby's Feeling So Real Remixes throughout my videos as I feel it is a perfect representation of a compact disc container. It is colorful, comprised of cardboard, and has a convenient plastic hinge to open the product. Let's explore:
Side C (content) and D (discovery)
(note C is on the right and D is on the left)
Now let's look at a starbeam.one Product. This is a generated website that is created for each and every Resalable Digital License produced on starbeam.one.
We access a product that we have purchased by selecting the StarVault™ from our HUD (heads-up display) and selecting a product by pressing the big pretty image or
This opens up the product for our view. Immediately notice the four sections we found in our CD have been digitized and conveniently provided by way of navigation at the bottom seen by the arrow in the image below.
With our product launched we can now tour the four correlating sections that we found with our CD.
The A-side has introductory and welcome text and information, as well as the cover if provided.
The Back-side has any provided description along with the license which describes the legal rights provided to you for this purchased product.
The C-side contains all featured content of the product. This is the Main Event™.
Finally, we have the D-side for discovery, where any additional pertinent information may be found. For the alpha, this primarily consists of my personal Thank You to you and showcasing some links to products that have helped me get this far. For future versions, we can easily see this being used for valuable marketing purposes as a potential revenue stream. ✌🚀