RTFKT Studios (pronounced artifact) has announced a partnership with software developer Daz 3D to use their technology to create immersive, three-dimensional avatars for its upcoming release of the unforgeable token, or NFT, CloneX.
Founded by Chris Le, Benoit Pagotto and Steven Vasilev, RTKFT is already at the forefront of the next generation of sneaker culture, interweaving emerging technologies such as augmented reality, unforgeable tokens and blockchain authentication to form their NFT sneaker brand.
RTKFT’s latest venture, the PFP avatar project, will leverage Daz 3D’s PFP utility toolkit to expand the possibilities of avatars in a variety of settings including gaming, video, social media and metaspace.
Daz 3D’s software platform is home to over 4 million artists and designers worldwide. Their partnership with RTKFT is expected to be the first of many creations from both companies in the coming year.
We spoke with Chris Le, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer of RTKFT, to learn more about the reasons behind the Daz 3D partnership at
“I’ve always been a big fan of Utah. As someone who was born and raised here, it made sense to me to work with another established 3D company from Utah. Not many people know this, but 3D was invented by Ed Catmull – co-founder of Pixar and former president of Walt Disney Animation Studios – at Utah State University. I think it’s time to continue that torch.”
Speaking about the architectural vision for this collaboration, Le shared a common joke in the digital graphics community.” Daz 3D and RTFKT will create something new besides a [Utah] teapot.”
RTFKT was in Times Square this week to show New Yorkers their upcoming incarnation of the project, participating in the jpeg event that has everyone talking – NFT NYC.
Expected to debut later this month, the highly anticipated Clone X project will include 20,000 avatars, half of which will be offered to existing RTFKT holders during a 48-hour pre-sale event, followed by the other half being sold at a Dutch auction in the public market.
Later in our conversation, we asked Le if he thought the emerging NFT pfp program was “ready to go” at launch, which has become an important feature.
“Yes, this will launch the era of AR / VR experiences on another level. People will want a place to use their NFT, whether it’s their own house in meta-space, wearing meta-space fashion to a meta-space party, or being their own avatar.”