Butterfly Protocol and Cortex Application are looking to push boundaries in the global domain names market as well as the virtual space as the duo launch free new .hmn (“dot human”) Top-Level Domains (TLDs) on Polygon. The move resonates with the motto of Cortex, “Web3 for Everyone”, with the providers of decentralized notebooks setting the pace with a breakthrough for web3 identities.
“Domain names are quickly becoming the foundation of web3. All of your activity, from published content to collaborative documents, will be tied to it, and that opens the door to making efficient use of decentralized, person-centric data. A domain is an identity, but also an address for your digital home on web3. We can now provide all that at near-zero cost,” said Leonard Kish, CEO and Co-Founder of Cortex application.
The emergence of Web3 and the increasing popularity of the metaverse are charting a new course in the blockchain space. In a related development, several solutions have been developed to meet the growing and diverse needs of different stakeholders, with the likes of Cortex App being one of the major pacesetters in the industry. The recently launched free new top-level domains further substantiate the claims, as the full NFT domains are cross-chain with lifetime ownership.
The domains are available to any interested persons across the globe, designed to resolve across Ethereum, Polygon and legacy DNS (current web) using name.hmn.link. Other features of the domains include a seamless connection to other crypto projects, like ENS, with name.hmn.eth and no renewal fees as they never expire, ultimately giving gives true ownership of the domain, unlike other TLD offerings. The .hmn domains also allow for a single identity that works with next-generation projects like Cortex App, launching in early 2022, as well as existing platforms like browsers and crypto wallets.
“We are extending and even improving on ENS, allowing lower-cost access via Polygon, a Layer 2 for Ethereum. In that way, we are bringing a Layer 2 to ENS domains. Instead of trying to match features with ENS, we allow .hmn domains to be used anywhere ENS can be used, but at lower cost,” said Josh Robinson, CTO and Co-Founder.
The domain NFTs will act as a person’s web3 identity and online home, breaking the cost barrier that has been associated with web3 adoption in recent times by helping to create relatively affordable and user-friendly NFTs. Unlike other expensive to mint TLDs that also require yearly renewals, the .hmn domains are free and forever.
The Cortex App is being built with domains as a core component and gateway to a crypto-enabled, human-centric data infrastructure, a true web3. The solution is designed to enable building on a complete web3 stack with synonymous wallet addresses and URLs. Each page has a human-readable crypto address, just like current URLs with unique storage functionality to keep tokens. “While regular DNS points to a server, a .hmn domain points to a human. So we need these to reach across protocols, just like humans do,” continued Josh Robinson.
The Cortex App has collaborated with Butterfly Protocol, which will be giving away .hmn domains indefinitely on https://hmn.domains.
The Cortex App is an all-inclusive decentralized notebook, web3 publishing tool, and wallet designed for creating, collaborating, and transacting on the first complete web3 stack, where data, notes, relationships, and content all become a user’s digital assets and belongings.