Modefi is a decentralized oracle aggregator that provides a range of trustless, interoperable oracle solutions. Furthermore, with the use of the Modefi token, or MOD token, Modefi is creating an all-in-one platform for DeFi users and those in need of customizable oracle services. Thanks to the Modefi Oracle Marketplace, users can create bespoke oracle services to suit their needs. Also, the oracle aggregator allows users to choose the best deal to suit their budget and goals. Moreover, after the introduction of Modefi staking, big things lie ahead for the project. But, what is Modefi? And, what is an oracle aggregator?
In this article, we’re going to explore the Modefi oracle aggregator and the various oracle solutions it provides. Also, we’ll discuss the MOD token, and the various uses it has within the Modefi ecosystem.
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What is Modefi?
Modefi is a decentralized oracle aggregator and on-demand oracle data provider. Powered by the native Modefi token (MOD), the platform offers a secure, decentralized marketplace, and an innovative, modifiable, modular dashboard. Moreover, Modefi offers bespoke oracle solutions that are scalable, easy to use, and cost-efficient.
Smart contracts are pieces of code that exist on the blockchain that represent immutable, transparent agreements. This means that once a smart contract has been deployed and executed, it cannot be changed or altered.
The use of smart contracts has become an essential part of decentralized finance (DeFi). Moreover, without smart contracts, the vast majority of DeFi protocols would not exist. Smart contracts have become an integral part of the blockchain industry. Programmable money has changed the way we transact forever! If you want to explore smart contracts on a technical level, save or Smart Contracts deep dive article for later!
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What is an Oracle?
The use cases for smart contracts are increasing in line with blockchain adoption across multiple sectors. This includes art, real estate, insurance, supply chain management, and the energy industry. However, for complex smart contracts to function, they need real-world data, often from multiple sources.
Blockchains mostly store transactional data regarding unsigned transaction outputs (UTXOs) and values. This is because storing any more than what is absolutely essential presents the risk of network congestion. However, if a smart contract requires data from a price feed, a weather forecast, or the result of a sports game, this data needs to be brought onto the blockchain from an external party.
This is where oracles come in. Oracles allow real-world data to be brought onto the blockchain, and are an essential component of decentralized applications (dApps) such as Aave, Compound, and crypto derivatives platforms such as Synthetix.
Rather than relying on centralized, siloed databases, oracles operate in a trustless, decentralized way. Centralized databases are prone to attacks and can be easily altered to provide falsified information. However, oracles rely on a network of decentralized nodes to verify the integrity of data brought onto a smart contract-enabled blockchain. Want to learn about the different types of oracles and how they function on a technical level? Be sure to save our Oracle Deep Dive article for later!
Decentralized Oracle Solutions
Modefi offers two different types of oracle solutions. These are decentralized aggregated oracles and on-demand oracles. These fully transparent oracle solutions cater to a wide range of users and applications.
Decentralized Aggregated Oracles (DAOS)
Currently in Beta release, Modefi uses decentralized aggregated oracles (DAOS) to provide the first-ever completely decentralized and trustless oracle aggregation. Bad actors are automatically removed from the oracle service providers by smart contracts.
Centralized oracle solutions often reach consensus within their own native network. Also, slow and expensive data feeds can seriously limit the efficiency and reliability of oracles. This, coupled with the need for a highly technical understanding of oracles and smart contracts creates a situation that Modefi refers to as “The Oracle Problem”. Furthermore, when using a single oracle network, it is much easier to manipulate data, which can leave doors open to bad actors and room for exploits.
Modefi aims to address these issues by utilizing multiple trusted oracle networks. The aggregated oracle solutions provided by Modefi feature bi-directional cross-chain interoperability and secure, efficient, cost-effective data feeds for layer 2 solutions, which can often be slow and expensive. Moreover, because Modefi accommodates multiple blockchains, it is highly scalable and secure.
Modefi will also allow developers to make one-time data requests for customized smart contracts to bring real-world data on-chain. Single-use oracles often provide limited or basic data and can be expensive to execute when doing so infrequently. Furthermore, traditional data validation models are often unsuitable for small tasks. This can be limiting for developers, as it restricts the amount of data they can handle.
Modefi’s On-Demand Oracles aim to solve this problem by providing trusted, cost-efficient data feeds from “socially vetted validators”. These oracles can be used for many use cases and are extremely easy to implement, even for non-developers. Furthermore, validators are incentivized to provide accurate data feeds for all requests.
The Modefi Oracle Marketplace is designed to automate the exchange of data between parties on the blockchain. As a fully decentralized turnkey platform, the Modefi Oracle Marketplace will allow oracle providers to promote their services while offering clients the opportunity to easily create a request for quotation (RFQ).
The Modefi Oracle Marketplace uses reputation-based statistics to incentivize integrity for providers and clients to buy and trade oracle services. Furthermore, these oracle services are easy to implement and can be bought and sold at a price point that meets the needs of different users.
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Modefi’s innovative Modular Dashboard provides a range of tools that can be used in conjunction with various decentralized finance protocols. Using the Modefi Modular Dashboard, users can search for the best yields for decentralized finance (DeFi) and decentralized exchanges (DEXs).
Furthermore, the Modefi Dashboard is fully customizable, and can harness the power of various application programming interfaces (APIs), artificial intelligence (AI), on-chain analytics, plus, a portfolio manager!
The Modefi Token (MOD)
In Q1 of 2021, the Modefi token sale went live via TrustSwap with a starting price of just $0.20. Following a successful launch, and a great deal of attention, the MOD token soared to an all-time high of $6.09 within just a few months.
Holders of the MOD token will soon be eligible to vote on proposals to make changes to the Modefi ecosystem via the Modefi Governance DAO (decentralized autonomous organization). Furthermore, MOD token holders can earn MOD by providing liquidity to the Modefi automated market maker (AMM), or by providing validation to the Modefi ecosystem.
At the time of writing, the MOD token has a market cap of around $22 million, and a circulating supply of 11.2 million MOD, with a maximum supply of 22 million MOD tokens, according to CoinGecko.
Roadmap & Updates
Having only launched in February 2021, Modefi is very much still in its infancy. However, with a successful launch completed and a host of new features, integrations, and partnerships, the Modefi oracle aggregator looks set to become a serious competitor in the field of oracle solutions.
As we enter Q2 2021, Modefi has a busy few months scheduled with its ‘Full Suite Beta Launch’. This will include the decentralized aggregated oracle public release, as well as a Beta v1 release of the On-Demand Oracle. Moreover, we can expect to see the Beta launch of the Modefi Oracle Marketplace. This is alongside introducing decentralized governance for MOD token holders, plus new partnerships for the project. Looking further into the year, Modefi will be focusing on scaling and optimization in addition to bridges and interoperability with other blockchains.
On April 16th, 2021, Modefi announced its second round of multi-chain staking on Binance Smart Chain (BSC), weeks after a successful initial launch on the Fantom network. The staking period is running for 30 days with funds locked for the duration. Rewards are distributed to staking participants proportionate to the amount staked.
There are two ways to get involved with the Modefi staking incentives on Binance Smart Chain (BSC). Users can choose to stake only MOD tokens. Alternatively, users can provide liquidity to the PancakeSwap MOD/WBNB pool by staking MOD and BNB tokens. Doing so will reward users with MOD/BNB Cake-LP tokens that are representative of the proportion of their stake in the pool. Users can then participate in the MOD/BNB CAKE-LP Staking pool with their rewarded tokens, to earn further rewards.
Users must be familiar with MetaMask to participate in staking, as this is currently the only supported wallet with Binance Smart Chain (BSC). A list of token addresses for the various aforementioned tokens is available through the relevant Modefi Medium blog post. The post also contains a link to the bridge to convert MOD (ETH) tokens to MOD (BSC) tokens to participate in staking activities.
Modefi is developing a comprehensive suite of trustless oracle solutions to create a truly decentralized vehicle for the integration of real-world data, smart contracts, and blockchain applications. By providing precise data with high levels of transparency, the Modefi oracle aggregator is creating an environment whereby smart contract manipulation and hacks are easily exposed, and the risk of centralized databases is removed.
As the use cases for blockchain technology continue to increase sector-wide, we can expect to see an increase in innovative oracle solutions built for the modern, complex smart contract-enabled blockchain. Modefi appears to be at the forefront of oracle innovation. With the launch of Modefi staking and other oracle services, we can expect to see the rollout of some incredible new features as the oracle aggregator reaches maturity.
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