The first month of 2019 is now behind us (I know, right?), and what a month it was! Kicking the year off with amazing news, events and awards, everyone here at Orbs is looking forward to the exciting road ahead.
Some highlights from the past 30 days:
Orbs City? WEF 19, Davos
We have an Orbs launch date — Yeah baby!!!
After a year of anticipation and sleepless nights of hard work, we are proud to announce that a production-ready version of the Orbs Blockchain network will become available to the general public on the 28th of March. More details regarding specific details of the release will be made available soon in our official channels, mainly Telegram and Twitter.
Click here if you’d like to become an Orbs validator.
At this moment we also want to express appreciation for our followers and fans who have been on the journey along with us from the early days, for your patience with this very technical process. ❤
Gamma CLI v0.6.4 and Gamma server v0.8.0 released
We’re moving forward towards Orbs v1 release with fresh versions of Gamma and Gamma CLI, the toolset for smart contract developers for testing Orbs contracts on their own machine. The new versions support the latest changes to the Orbs protocol. Gamma CLI was also split to its own repo available here.
Nebula CLI approaching initial release
Nebula is the tool for the creation and management of an Orbs Constellation (a blockchain node). It is aimed towards node operators and allows them to automatically set up the infrastructure required to run a node on a cloud service like AWS. The Nebula code base will be made open source during Orbs v1 release but the tool itself will be published to NPM beforehand.
Improved Contract SDK
As parts of the ongoing efforts to polish the Orbs contract SDK, significant parts were added to the documentation. The API surface of the SDK has also increased with support for Events, SafeMath and Ethereum cross-chain API. We’re about to publish a new example to the SDK itself showing a port of an ERC20 compatible token.
Orbs proof of stake model will be used in v1 to select network validators. The final details of the launch model have been ironed out and development is running full steam ahead. The voting contracts used to choose validators will be one of the first apps running on top of Orbs on launch!
Battleship game running on blockchain
Eyal Semel, an intern in the Orbs team, has been working on an example of a Battleship game running on blockchain. The idea is to improve the Orbs smart contract SDK through actual use with a very short feedback cycle. The game is currently backend-only — meaning users have to use Gamma CLI to send transactions to it. We’re thinking about writing a cool client for it using the Orbs client SDK in one of our upcoming hackathons.
Ivan on Tech at Orbs
Ivan and Uriel yucking it up in TLV
On the 14th, we’ve had the pleasure of hosting a Q&A event with the renown Swedish blockchain developer and educator Ivan Liljeqvist, known by most as Ivan on Tech, at Orbs offices in Tel-Aviv.
In an intimate setting attended by top names in Israeli blockchain, Ivan covered a range of topics from technology and markets to private life.
Special thanks to WIB for putting together the wonderful evening on such short notice!
Orbs traveled to speak at the World Economic Forum on the topic of Unlocking Human Potential with Blockchain & AI, later attending a panel with The Global Blockchain Business Council on the topic of Blockchain Interoperability.
Daniel Peled’s intro on GBBC panel at WEF19
The following day, Orbs President Daniel Peled spoke at a Hub Culture forum and co-hosted a private lunch with MIT Media Lab on the Future Blockchain and AI Systems, alongside Doctor Yaniv Altshuler of Endor.
Left to right: Professor Alex Pentland (MIT), Professor Yaniv Altshuler, President Daniel Peled
Later at a private lunch hosted by MIT Connection Science, Hub Culture interviewed Daniel live on the air. The entire one-on-one interview can be viewed here.
The trip was a great success and the gang returned tired but satisfied.
Tired and satisfied
Japan Blockchain Conference
Orbs’ Rani Melamed (right)
Big in Japan! Our delegation to Yokohama was in JBC 2019 to partake in several panels and events. Co-Founder Uriel Peled gave a keynote and spoke about the Orbs blockchain giving a first look at our launch date and plans.
We are continuing to work at full throttle with our design partners as we gear towards launch. This month we’ll be attending several global events, notably the MWC Barcelona (formally known as Mobile World Congress).
Are you in town? Let’s find a time to meet up!
Next steps on the technology roadmap:
Performance optimization — Improvingstability under stress for broad release of the network in the short and long terms.
Hubble Block Explorer — Release of the web-based tool used for acquiring information from the virtual chain (e.g. committed blocks and transaction confirmations), as well as show diagnostics data related to the network health and performance. The new explorer will also perform analytics on contracts running on virtual chains.
Helix Consensus Protocol — Integrating our Lean Helix Consensus Protocol into the node software stack. The implementation of Lean Helix has been a massive and intensive project ongoing for several months by the Orbs dev team and we are super excited to show it to you! Detailed post to come.
Autonomous Swap Bridge — mechanism for transferring existing ERC20 tokens from Ethereum securely into Orbs and then back again. This will enable the scaling of apps running on Ethereum, while still maintaining the native benefits of Ethereum as a base-layer.
POS Security Model — Put into high gear the development of Orbs’ proof of stake model designed to ensure the sustainability of the decentralized, public ecosystem.
TLV team photo with new sweatshirts and smiley faces :)
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