As announced on May 9, Shatner is collaborating with legaltech company Mattereum, managed by ex-ethereum launch coordinator Vinay Gupta, for its Asset Passport technology. The tech utilizes “legally-binding” smart contracts to record the authenticity of collectible items.
Shatner aka Captain Kirk stated that he is partnering with the firm to “establish an authentication system” that enables verification on who has owned an item, where it has been, and if it is genuine.
Shatner said, “It can mean the difference between a priceless, future heirloom and worthless fake.”
The effort will develop “digital twins” of science fiction and other collectible mementos. Mattereum’s first ever item that has gone live on its system is Shatner-autographed “Capt. James Kirk in Casual Attire.” According to the company, the digital clone will be stored in an immutable ledger and “will assure collectors that the item is from Mr Shatner’s personal collection.”
Mattereum chief legal officer Chris Wray said:
“The Mattereum Asset Passport gives you reliable provenance for your collection, backed by the liability of those who certify it – and ultimately their collateral, insurance, and personal assets.”
Paul Camuso, an independent collectibles and art specialist who is involved with the effort, said that the worldwide collectibles and art market is approximately valued at roughly $67 billion yearly and as trading moves online, collectors are progressively seeking for digital authenticity solutions.
This is not the first time Shatner got involved in the cryptocurrency industry. Last summer, he revealed he was a representative for Solar Alliance, an alternate energy developer that was considering establishing a solar-powered bitcoin mining facility in Illinois.