Taobao is like the Amazon of China, created by Alibaba, which is listed on Nasdaq.
Buy+ has gone online on Taobao App since Nov.1st. With the help of a VR cardboard, this shopping application can bring you to the shopping malls from all over the world and you can buy anything you like online. The current version covers 7 shopping malls from 3 different countries and offers hundreds of goods, inclucing Macy’s from New York.
The experience is presented in a panoramic video. Shoppers use their optical center to select hotspot covered commodities, refer to details and add to the shopping cart. Then they can key in their Alipay password to complete the payment. (Alipay is like Paypal of China, which is the major payment service online.)
As the largest online shopping mall in China, Taobao’s trial in VR will surely encourage millions of customers to experience and use VR. The current Buy+ is no longer a demo and has included the whole payment procedure inside VR. Users can immerse in the VR environment and operate their Alipay account to complete the payment.
Till Nov.10th, around 8 million people have experienced shopping in virtual world. The majority of them are man, which also fits the common sense that man are more interested in new technology.
According to the project leader, Buy+ is Alibaba’s first step rather than the ultimate form and its main purpose is to promote VR towards its mass users. Alibaba has already started a Creator Program to build the VR shopping industry chain. First of all, they would like to attract teams with automatic 3D modeling technology so that they can create models of real objects at the lowest cost in VR with technologies such as depth camera or light field.