The U.S. Patent Office granted a patent to Nike for sneakers called ‘CryptoKicks’ that can be authenticated using blockchain technology, after the company filed a request in April 2019.
The patent filed by Nike explained that the company has developed a system which relies on blockchain technology in order to place cryptographically secured digital assets to items such as sneakers, according to The Next Web.
The system can therefore store data relating to the ownership of the product as well as check the authenticity of the sports shoes using blockchain.
“When a consumer buys a genuine pair of shoes a digital representation of a show may be generated, linked with the consumer, and assigned a cryptographic token, where the digital shoe and cryptographic token collectively represent a ‘CryptoKick’,” Nike’s patent stated.
If, however, the sneakers are resold to another owner, sellers can transfer the digital asset to the new owner as the tokens are stored in a digital locker — an application that functions in the same way as a crypto wallet.
Meanwhile, the owners of the digital sneakers will be able to create new items from their shoes as the patent added that the owners of ‘CryptoKicks’ can “intermingle or breed the digital shoe with another digital shoe to create ‘shoe offspring’ and have the offspring made as a new, tangible pair of shoes.”
Nike has yet to announce the launch date for their new blockchain-compatible product, so fans will have to wait to try their hand at creating new digital sneakers from these ‘CryptoKicks’.
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