Bitcoins, dogecoins, and NFTs all live exclusively in the digital realm, but designers are now pushing back to make these virtual entities more tangible and, ultimately, more human.
We live in a world that is increasingly dependent on digital objects. Today, many work files are digital, and much of our entertainment and communication takes place over digital lines. Although merging with the physical realm, the metaverse also aims to make our world half-digital. Humans, however, are not just their eyes or their ears. They have even more senses that are neglected, such as smell and, above all, touch. It’s for this reason that designers come up with ideas for bringing these digital artifacts into the real world, including the most confusing of them all: cryptocurrencies.
Creators: Giorgio Mastropasqua, Ivan Vecchia
Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin and Ethereum aren’t going to replace conventional money anytime soon, and not just because they’re still too young. They are often seen as separate from traditional currencies, operating in their own decentralized world. More importantly, the concepts and processes behind this type of digital currency are so alien to most people that they approach it with fear, uncertainty, doubt, and even ridicule.
Even with many online transactions and purchases, people still find some comfort in knowing that their money has physical representation somewhere. They also take comfort in having a physical wallet to hold their money, and wallets have become one of the most popular expressions of product design for all ages and genders. This is the kind of comfort and familiarity that this Auroom Crypto Wallet tries to bring to digital currency owners.
Admittedly, the Crypto Wallet doesn’t look like a conventional plastic wallet or card, and it really doesn’t need one since it doesn’t store conventional money. This allows it to take any form appropriate to the currency or digital mark. In this case, the designers chose to let it look like Auroom’s fictional logo iconography while leaving some room for color options.
The most eye-catching part of this “wallet” is the screen that not only informs the owner of the status of a transaction, but also authorizes it. A fingerprint scanner is presumably hidden underneath, just like on some smartphones today, to authenticate the owner before a transaction is completed. Since cryptocurrencies rely heavily on security-related technologies, such a feature would be a necessity for any crypto wallet.
The only drawback of such a brand-specific wallet is that it may not be compatible with other cryptocurrencies or brands. This would mean you would have to carry different key fobs and keys around with you, almost like carrying different cards that take up more space. Then again, cryptocurrencies are still in their infancy even after so many years, so it’s not yet clear if there will be a unified system or wallet for all in the future.