Baidu to expand metaverse offerings and revamp VR app · TechNode

Baidu to expand metaverse offerings and revamp VR app · TechNode

Baidu announced on Dec. 10 that it will update its virtual reality app Xirang (meaning “land of hope” in Chinese) at the end of December and use it to host a virtual event that can accommodate more than 100,000 online attendees. 

Why it matters: China’s search giant has been looking for ways to leverage its AI capabilities in the burgeoning metaverse field. This update is a sign of Baidu’s ambitions in the three-dimensional online space. 

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Details: The company called the app “the first Chinese-made metaverse product” in a Dec. 10 press release. Baidu said the upgrade will offer an immersive virtual planet with experiences such as touring China’s Shaolin Temple and the Sanxingdui Museum, an important archeological site in Sichuan. 

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