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Nike Joins Digital Currency With CryptoKicks?

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Nike will use blockchain to authenticate and sell shoes, according to a patent. CryptoPicks will create a digital variant of the shoe and a token. 

Digital versions of the shoe can intermingle with another digital shoe to create a shoe offspring. Nike will soon be joining the cryptocurrency sector with its offering.

Back in April, a trademark filing insinuated that Nike was planning on integrating cryptocurrencies to how it sells shoes, but it was not clear what the actual use of CryptoPicks would be. 

The application mentioned crypto wallets, downloadable software that could manage crypto transactions, mobile apps for providing access to crypto-collectibles, crypto-art and application tokens, and other product offerings. It was unclear until a patent on Dec. provided some more details as to how the shoe giant will press forward with blockchain technology.

The patent reveals that Nike developed a system for automating the generation of cryptographic digital assets associated with articles of footwear or putting it simply, a method for authenticating and transacting shoes. And CryptoPicks is the combination of Nike's shoes, along with an attached cryptographic token.

A token for a shoe when a consumer buys a genuine pair of shoes -- or colloquially known as kicks -- a digital representation of a shoe may be generated, linked with the consumer, and assigned a cryptographic token, where the digital shoe and cryptographic token collectively represent a CryptoKick, the patent stated.

The patent adds that the digital representation may include a computer-generated avatar of the shoe or a limited-edition artist rendition of the shoe. The digital asset may be secured by an encryption-protected block that contains a hash pointer as a link to a related block in a decentralized blockchain, a transaction timestamp, and transaction data.

Under this system, consumers can also trade the shoes they purchased, and the token would have to change ownership as well and will be managed in what the patent terms as a digital locker, which is the same as a crypto wallet.

Shoe breeding:

Another capability that the patent highlighted is shoe breeding, an idea Nike obtained from cats game CryptoKitties. Through shoe breeding, digital shoes can mix with another digital shoe to create another a shoe offspring. And depending on certain rules, the shoe offspring can transform into a custom tangible pair of shoes manufactured by Nike.

These new concepts of Nike could hit the markets soon since both the patent and trademark have already been granted.

Another shoe company that is planning on utilizing the power of blockchain for authenticating their products is New Balance. The company will use Cardano to fight counterfeit of their shoes. 

The Nike logo is displayed on a window at a Nike store in March, in San Francisco, California.