A new blockchain search engine, Ora, emerges from the Solana hackathon
A new blockchain search engine called Now emerged from Solana’s hackathon summer camp to help bring blockchain technology to non-technical users by allowing them to search for data on-chain using natural language.
The team announced the launch of the new search engine on August 18, explaining that users can search for complex queries using natural language such as:
«Show me all successful Jupiter Exchange swaps between 42 and 420 SOL from two days ago»
This simple sentence tells Ora to filter transactions by time range, destination or shipping address, and amount. Understanding the need, Ora sorts the transactions by their balances and gives the user a summary showing what she requested.
We allow users to query on-chain data with natural language 💬
Using large language models on the backend, we allow anyone to easily explore, navigate, and inspect on-chain transactions pic.twitter.com/02X6WTGCQG
— pray ▩ (@oralabs_) August 18, 2022
What problems is Ora solving?
Searching for on-chain transaction data requires knowledge of SQL. The project team realized that SQL Search Panels were designed to serve technical users.
As the use of cryptocurrencies spread beyond techies, the Ora team decided to offer a tool that would allow regular users to perform SQL lookups on on-chain data.
The team aimed to offer a Google-like experience to all cryptocurrency users. Announcing the launch of Ora, the project team also cited various individuals and companies that have pondered the idea of a crypto search engine.
The project team describes Ora as an “add-on piece to existing infrastructure” and says that Ora is already integrated with Solana block explorers.