Ever dreamed of being a rock star, or becoming the voice of your smart device? Well now you can, using ObEN’s speech-to-singing and text-to-speech (TTS) personalization technology. Beyond the power of speech, ObEN continually strives forward until it realizes the ’Virtual Me’, your complete virtual identity that combines your voice with your appearance in virtual reality (VR). Meet us at Interspeech to get a sneak peak of ObEN’s proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) technology.

We will be exhibiting in San Francisco from September 9 -12 at Interspeech 2016, the largest conference for speech and communication technologies of the year. With ObEN as a fellow exhibitor, Interspeech 2016 displays a wide variety of speech theory and applications, with this year’s topic centered around understanding speech processing in humans and machines.

ObEN’s technology aspires to create the ‘Virtual Me’ which is composed of your personalized 3D photo-real virtual avatar, digital voice, and AI. At Interspeech 2016, ObEN will showcase its technology in creating the virtual avatar and digital voice. Interspeech 2016 attendees can immerse themselves in the experience using a smartphone photo and reading lyrics to develop their personalized ‘Virtual Me’, complete with their personalized digital voices. It took Team ObEN’s efforts working in speech analysis and synthesis, a 3D visual development process, and deep learning algorithms to create the ‘Virtual Me’—all three as proprietary technology developed in-house at ObEN’s headquarters in Pasadena, CA.

ObEN’s speech-to-singing and TTS Personalization enables limitless possibilities. One such possibility is have you sing a full solo or duet with a singer just by reading the lyrics! You can also choose to have personal assistants sound like your loved ones, such as friends and family. You can even have other favorite idols like actors and comedians to ask people to leave voice messages for you when you’re not available!

We’d love to hear from you at Interspeech! Team ObEN will be around to demonstrate our ideas and demos at Booth 4 at the conference, and ObENing up one during Happy Hour for prospective applicants to meet our speech team on September 10th from 5:00 to 6:30pm with some complimentary bottle ObENers!

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Meanwhile, those who’d like to sound off their excitement in other parts of the world besides San Francisco, there’s a lot you can do to keep a conversation going with us.

First, there’s always leaving a comment below. There’s also reading more about us to know what to ask or request by contacting us. For those of you feeling up to the same challenges and passions we have for having a say in the future of our voice technology and the ‘Virtual Me’, you can also check out our the careers we have up; we’re currently searching far and wide for speech scientists, machine learning engineers, and software developers to fully realize our vision for bringing our voice and virtual image everywhere.

About the Author: Dustin is a Communications Associate at ObEN


ObEN is an artificial intelligence company that creates complete virtual identities for consumers and celebrities in the emerging digital world. ObEN provides Personal AI that simulates a person’s voice, face and personality, enabling never before possible social and virtual interactions. Founded in 2014, ObEN is a Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company and is located at Idealab in Pasadena, California.