Navibration AMA Recap

CryptoDiffer team

Hello everyone!

We are glad to meet here Francisco Merino @frmerino, Founder & CEO at Navibration!

Can you introduce yourself to the community? What is your background and how did you come to the idea to create your project?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

My name is Francisco Merino and I’m Founder and CEO at Navibration. I’m Senior Telecommunications Engineer and was working many years at Indra Sistemas.

When I was working there, I had to travel a lot and when I arrived at a new city, I always missed audio tours to be able to know the city in more detail and on my own pace. I knew that I had to create something different than using maps to do the tour in terms of battery life, and one day I came up with the idea of navigating by vibration, with the possibility of doing the tour with your screen switched off. That day I knew that I must quit my job to create the Navibration project.

CryptoDiffer team

What does the support from the Government consist of?  What’s the patent that you have?

 

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

The Center for Industrial Technological Development (CDTI) is a Spanish Public Business Entity, dependent on the Government of Spain, which promotes innovation and technological development of Spanish companies. It is the most important entity in Spain in terms of technological innovation and channels requests for financing and support for R & D & I projects of Spanish companies in the national and international spheres.

 We decided to prepare ourselves thoroughly and presented our project to them and the result could not be more positive: they trusted our project and decided to finance its initial development.

About the patent, we have patented the navigation system by vibration that is used in Navibration, what we call to navibrate. This is patented for all kind of devices.

 

CryptoDiffer team

What’s the difference between Navibration and the vibration patterns to navigate (for example one for right, two for left) that already exist?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

They just have the vibration in common, but they are completely different. Let’s imagine that you are in big square with 10 possible streets, how could you know the street to follow with vibration patterns? It’s simply impossible. With Navibration you would just need to turn around your mobile and follow the street pointed by your mobile when it vibrates.

 

Cryptodiffer Community

Hello, I usually go trekking, just want to ask if the app works in remote areas where there is no internet?

 

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Hello, yes, it’s one of our best advantages: the app can be used offline at any place in the world, and it’s specially useful when trekking.

 

Cryptodiffer Community

As Navicoin is the token of Navibration, what is the utility of Navicoin and what roles of it in your ecosystem?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Navicoin will be used to purchase all the Navibration products, currently the audio tours and in the future our wearables, always cheaper than using fiat.

Cryptodiffer Community

Where can users buy wearables? Is it mandatory that the product is provided by Navibration?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Our wearables will be developed in the future, and users will be able to buy them through our platform. Initially it’s mandatory that they are provided by Navibration, but we will explore possible partnerships with important HW providers.

Cryptodiffer Community

What the NAVIBRATION BLOCKCHAIN actually does, what are some specific use cases for NAVIBRATION ?

What will be your main streams of revenue ?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

We need blockchain technology to be able to manage the audio tours of Navibration Experiences: each new tour available for sale on our platform will suppose a new smart contract, in such a way that the revenue from the route purchases will be divided among the users involved in the route creation in a fair, systematic and transparent way. This scenario wouldn’t be sustainable without the blockchain technology and the smart contracts.

Our main streams of revenue will be:

– To sell audio tours on our platform.

– To offer Premium plans to users with special advantages (no ads, HD audios, download tours to do them offline).

– Ads for no Premium users.

Cryptodiffer Community

What are Navibration advantages over it’s competitors?

What is the revenue model of Navibration?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

We don’t have direct competitors at the moment because we have created something that did not exist before: a social network of audio tours guided through vibration and built on blockchain technology is something completely new.

Cryptodiffer Community

You said on your website that no map need when using Navibration. So what will the app based on to navigate? Do you use Google Map for data or you develop your own technology for navigation?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Exactly, the basement of our navigation system by vibration is GPS and waypoints during the tour. That’s the reason why you do not need an Internet connection to “navibrate” and do the audio tours.

 

Cryptodiffer Community

Does your dapp support voice control? How can a disabled use your dapp which mainly need hand motion to use?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

The current version of our dapp does not support voice control but it will support it in future versions, mainly in the version adapted to disabled people that we will develop in the future.

For second question, the answer is yes because, for example, a blind person will be able to know the direction to follow because they will feel the vibration.

Cryptodiffer Community

You plan to launch Navibration Watch and Navibration Stick. However, Chinese is very good at making counterfeit for this kind of product and they can sell it in other countries and making good profit. What are your solutions to stop them?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

In order to avoid counterfeit, we will use technologies like this that will help us assure the authenticity of our products:

https://taelpay.com/

Cryptodiffer Community

1) Navibration help us dicover the work, can we get a reward by NAVI when we use MVP to discover?

2) What make you want to IEO in ProBit Exchange?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

1) Yes, we will reward our users for using different features of our MVP. We will announce all this soon.

2) We were monitoring many exchanges and talking to many founders, and among the options that we could afford, we finally concluded that ProBit was the best option for us in terms of reliability, trust and previous IEO rounds closed.

 

Cryptodiffer Community

Why did you pick Probit over other exchanges for IEO?

In your token metrics, It’s mentioned 15% community tokens, what are these tokens used for(can you explain in more details)?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

We will use 15% community tokens to incentive users to participate in our ecosystem, by testing our MVP, creating new tours, checking the right location of tours places, rating existing ones, etc.

 

Cryptodiffer Community

Not all users are involved in the cryptocurrency market, so with the Navibration (NAVI) token rewards, how will they use it? Is liquidity easy for them?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

You’re right, and we will face that by adding our Navicoin wallet feature within our dapp. Currently it’s developed for the Android version and we are finishing it for the iOS version. Users will be able to create a wallet with a single click and receive the token rewards. After that, they will use the tokens to purchase tours, Premium plan, wearables, always cheaper than using fiat.

Cryptodiffer Community

Which market do you plan to focus on? Do you plan to focus on impaired people as a potential niche market as I can see there is potential in this market for your product, especially in poor countries because they just need a smartphone to use Navibration?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Due to our products can be used worldwide, we will use a global strategy, trying to create tours for the most visited countries in the world but giving access to the navigation by vibration in all places, no matter the tourism is. As you said, people will just need a smartphone to be able to navibrate.

Cryptodiffer Community

Your project is too unique.How we can discover more places without internet??

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

You will only need an Internet connection to download the audio tours or create your own tours of the cities you want to visit. After that, you can use the app offline, even setting flight mode on your smartphone, and you will reach your destination just through vibration and listen the corresponding audio when reached.

Cryptodiffer Community

How do you guarantee that the contributed route is correct? How do you avoid users contribute incorrect route for the others?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Any contributed route will be reviewed by the community prior to being available to the community, so this is the procedure that we will use to assure the correctness of routes.

Cryptodiffer Community

Q: The Navibration Experiences routes are built to work with smartphone in offline mode which is good for people who travel to areas which dont have internet. But, for a long time, when data on these routes are outdated and need to update, does Navigation team have update patchs for old routes and does it cost Navicoin to download these update?

Q: Comparing to Google map or other traveling guide note/catalogues, which unique features does Navibration have except its a blockchain project?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Q1: As you mentioned, we are aware that tours will be “live” elements, so we will update them when necessary. When this happens, we will add an icon in the outdated tour for users to know that they need to update it. Once a user has purchased a tour, they will not have to pay again for any possible update.

Q2: The main advantage is that you cannot discover a new city with your screen switched off with other apps, which is problem in terms of battery life (vibration patterns right-left will not work when facing complex streets or squares).

Cryptodiffer Community

Q) How do content creators earn profit on NAVI platform?

Q) Are there any solutions for stolen content and protect the content creators?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Content creators will be rewarded with our tokens, and that’s exactly why we will use blockchain technology and smart contracts, just for creators to be rewarded directly through the smart contract, with any purchase transaction.

Cryptodiffer Community

I read your article on Yahoo and was impressed by the coverage that the media have done: Has this helped them to boost your investments? Or has it been as a result of your achievements as a project?

Has there been any kind of commitment or guarantees with the Ministry of Economy of the Government of Spain for the development of your project? Congratulations on this!

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

We know that media press articles have helped us but the key has been the achievements of the project. The grant from the Government, the patent, the MVP, etc. have weighed a lot more.

Yes, we have committed with them to follow our roadmap and accomplish some milestones. Thanks!

Cryptodiffer Community

Wht is the actual concept of Navibration ? What navibration can do ? and how its useful to users ?

What is the unique features of Navibration project and Is Navibration project is related to tourists / travels or anything else ?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

The actual concept of Navibration is to create something unique: a new way of knowing new cities, through audio guided tours built on blockchain technology and letting the user move from one place to another without maps, just by using our navigation system by vibration.

Cryptodiffer Community

Could you give us an overview of your tokenomics ? Is the token designed to rise and fall with the success of the platform, and does it include any scarcity paths such as stake, store, or burn ?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Regarding the tokenomics and what we are going to do to keep a proper token price, we will carry out 2 main actions:

1. Burn a certain amount of tokens periodically.

2. Execute airdrop (rewards) to token holders periodically.

We are currently finishing the details and this info will be soon included in our materials.

Cryptodiffer Community

Does Navibration offer products to travelers? Does Navibration work with travel companies?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Yes, we are trying to create the perfect product for a traveler to know a new city.

About travel companies or agencies, we will create strategic partnerships with hotel chains, tour operators, cruise companies, etc. and have already started some negotiations in this regard. We will announce any news concerning this when completely closed.

 

Cryptodiffer Community

Can you explain what Navibration Stick and Navibration Watch is? Is this any smart accessories from where we can buy navibration WEARABLES?

Which types of functions will unlock if we hold navicoins? Which kinds of products available in Navibration? Is 30% discount available for all projects?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Navibration Watch will consist of a smart watch based on our navigation system by vibration, with which end users will be able to both navibrate anywhere in the world and perform audio-guided routes directly with their watch.

Navibration Stick will be aimed mainly at blind users or those who are visually impaired. It will function very similarly to the Navibration Watch, but in this case, the navigation system by vibration will be incorporated into a walking stick.

An important notice is that our patent covers also the navigation system by vibration in all devices, Watch and Stick included.

Cryptodiffer Community

How and Why you think that there is actual need of the project/product like Navibration in current Market ?

Is Navibration Watch and Navibration Stick both are the official products of Navibration and what & how we use these products ?

Francisco Merino
Founder & CEO

Because the tourism industry is growing unstoppable all around the world and travellers are increasingly relying on technology as an essential tool during their trips. In spite of it, there is nothing like Navibration in the market yet, because we will provide users with audio explanations of all POIs in the city besides doing them just need to look at the city around them, not at their devices while they are discovering the new city.

Cryptodiffer TEAM

Francisco Merino @frmerino, thanks a lot! 

It was really interesting!

It was a pleasure to conduct an AMA with such a cool project like Navibration. Thank you for your time!

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