Worldcoin CEO Teases New Orb Upgrade Despite Privacy Concerns

Worldcoin is working on an upgrade of its eye-scanning Orb device, according to CEO Alex Blania.

Sam Altman sitting confidently next to a Worldcoin Orb, resting his elbow on it.
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  • Worldcoin’s Orb device will be upgraded soon.
  • The upgrade “will look quite different” and “similar to an Apple product.”
  • CEO Alex Blania made the revelation despite privacy concerns about the project’s business model.

According to an exclusive report shared on Thursday, Tools for Humanity founder Alex Blania has revealed an upcoming upgrade of Worldcoin’s Orb device.  

Founded in 2019, Tools for Humanity is synonymous in the crypto industry with its controversial Orb devices that scan users’ irises, enabling them to acquire a “World ID” for accessing a digital passport and Worldcoin’s applications.

Worldcoin’s Upgraded Orb to Resemble an “Apple Product”

In an article dated January 25, TechCrunch quoted Blania speaking about Worldcoin’s Orb device getting an upgrade, noting that the “next iterations will look quite different.” The CEO made the revelation during a fireside chat at a StrictlyVC event.


“The next Orb will roll out the first half of this year and will have alternative colors and “form factors,” in an effort to look much more friendly. Overall, it is going to look “way [more] tuned down” and similar to “an Apple product,” Blania stated.

The upgrade is part of Worldcoin’s ambitious goal to create a global identity and financial network. But despite championing the innovative technology that has already raised around $250 million from investors, Worldcoin has faced skepticism and backlash due to privacy concerns.

Data Privacy Concerns  

While its adoption has been fast, Worldcoin has drawn backlash since the project launched its best testing, majorly in developing economies. In September, the Kenyan government raised concerns about data protection and Worldcoin’s business model as it launched investigations into the project.

The matter forced Blania to appear before a Kenyan Parliamentary Ad Hoc Committee in the same month to defend the project against accusations of illegally mining user data in Kenya.


Nonetheless, Blania didn’t seem concerned that the project and its Orb device attracted polarized reactions. “[People] either hate it, or they love it,” the CEO stated. Over the past week, over 190,000 users have created accounts on Worldcoin, according to the project’s website.

Read how Worldcoin’s Orb devices were linked to health dangers:
Worldcoin Slammed Again as Orbs Linked to Health Dangers

Stay updated on why Worldcoin’s enthusiastic reception is mixed with privacy concerns:
Worldcoin Launch Meets Enthusiastic Reception, but Privacy Concerns Persist: Here’s Why

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Brian Danga

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