There are many steps when it comes to interacting with a decentralized application today, often involving high gas prices and complicated processes.
What is account abstraction?
The majority of existing wallets on Ethereum today are externally owned accounts (EOAs). This includes popular wallets such as Metamask and imToken.
To access EOAs, individuals require a private key, which often consists of a combination of random words. Once a private key is lost, the account, and all the funds associated with the account, are also lost forever.
There’s an old adage in crypto: “Not your keys, not your coins,” popularized by crypto educator Andreas Antonopoulos. Following the collapse of FTX, the risks of custodial wallet accounts have become glaring obvious.
An account abstraction wallets resolves both these issues — they are non-custodial, and yet completely managed by the individual who owns it. This means that the owner of the wallet can choose from an array of security features.
Avocado smart contract wallet explained
Beyond having a built-in account abstraction utility, the Avocado smart contract wallet has some other interesting features.
The wallet is connected to what they are calling the Avocado network, a deterministic smart contract which has its own Remote Procedure Call (RPC) node. This node allows the network to read on-chain data and send transactions to different blockchains.
This means that once a wallet is connected to the Avocado network, the network will automatically create a wallet address that is linked to your external wallet, and any tokens on any supported chain can be sent and received through your network wallet.
Gas fees, instead of being paid by the user in a chain’s native currency, such as ETH, are paid through USDC — which can be added from any chain and paid on any chain. The smart contract handles the conversion in the background, meaning that there is no need to maintain multiple gas balances on different chains in order to execute transactions.
Blockworks research analyst Matt Fiebach notes that, in a nutshell, Instadapp’s latest smart contract wallet will abstract away the cumbersome process of interacting with DeFi.
“Simpler workflows for using decentralized applications will be integral to the industry’s adoption and success and this is a significant step in the right direction,” Fiebach said. “Additionally, the gas scalar could create significant value for $INST if Avacodo achieves integrations and use.”
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