If the future of the internet and the so-called “metaverse” seems a little scary, a Boulder-based business wants to help kids make it a more welcoming, positive place. Bluprint is the next initiative from the inventors of Bitsbox, which teaches kids how to code. Aidan Chopra, co-founder and Chief Creative Officer of Bitsbox, described it as “an online playground where youngsters may design 3D virtual worlds.”
Bluprint has some similarities to the popular games Minecraft and Roblox
Bluprint is similar to the popular games Minecraft and Roblox, but it is much more than that. In fact, according to Chopra, children will be free to design their own activities in the facility. Bluprint goes much farther, teaching kids how to create the kind of “metaverse” worlds that many anticipate will be the internet’s future.
“If we’re teaching those skills and providing these tools to a really broad group of people. Then maybe we have a shot at creating a place that’s actually welcoming to everyone. Maybe we have a shot at turning this thing into a net positive,” Chopra said.
The boulder-based business will incorporate elements of the physical world.
Like the subscription boxes offered through Bitsbox, Bluprint will incorporate elements of the physical world. Chopra gave an example of creating a birthday party invitation in the virtual space. In addition the company would send a physical invitation to the recipient.
“We’re extremely thrilled about combining the digital experience with what happens in the real world to prevent kids from becoming completely engrossed in technology,” Chopra added.
In Bluprint, users will be able to connect with their friends but will not be able to contact with strangers. The target demographic, according to Chopra, is 8-year-olds to high school students.
Bluprint is presently under development and is raising funds on Kickstarter. By next summer, it should be widely available.