Chinese tech company Xiaomi Inc has created a new patented tech that implements blockchain technology to allow it to create unique, individual virtual characters.
The patent filed in China states that the creation of these characters will be randomised by introducing a gene sequence that plays a crucial role in determining the look of the character.
The patent – which is titled “Virtual Character Processing Method, Device and Storage Medium” – was introduced in January 2022 and uses the decentralized and immutable traits of the blockchain to store these unique sequences, each being the basis of a unique digital character. According to the filing, the characters would utilize this decentralized ledger technology to store their gene sequence and preserve the unique combination against destruction.
Creating likenesses for the metaverse
In the patent, Xiaomi established that their virtual characters will be generated using the gene sequences to determine the images that will identify these characters making their looks both unique and unpredictable. While Xiaomi might be leveraging this tech in order to create its own large-scale, populated metaverse experience in the future, the company is yet to say as much.
Similarly, although the patent does not mention NFTs, the description it gives about the use of blockchain hints at the utilisation of other similar technology.
If that does happen, then it would be Xiaomi’s first outing within the crypto world after it launched its first collection of unique, character-based NFTs in 2018 which it called Crypto Rabbits. Unfortunately, local sources reported that the project gained low popularity and was abandoned in March 2022.