LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan. 3, 2016 – After almost two years in stealth mode, Pasadena-based deep learning start-up ObEN will be joining forces with multinational electronics company TCL at the Consumer Electronic Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

ObEN has developed a proprietary deep learning-based speech technology that can create a person’s voice print in just a couple of minutes. The voice print can then be used to create new content in any language. Adam Zheng, co-founder and Chief Operations Officer of ObEN says, “We see ourselves as the speech engine of every ‘Internet of Things’ device in the world.” At CES, the technology will be presented to the public via two mechanisms: through WeChat Robots which will be communicating with people in any desired voice or language and through TCL’s new product: Xess.

TCL’s new Xess is designed to bring families together. Dr. Stan Hu, Head of CTO Office Director, and GM of BigPad BU said, “For us, this is a new category. We call it a BigPad.” Xess features a 17.3” screen, oct-core ARM 1.5 Ghz CPU, 2GB RAM, 32 GB flash drive, microSD and 2 USB ports. At the IFA consumer electronic show in Berlin, they revealed its gesture-control feature, essentially eliminating the need for a touchpad, mouse or keyboard. With ObEN’s voice technology, Xess will be able to speak in anyone’s voice whether it’s your own, a family member’s, or a friend.

The merging of ObEN’s speech technology with TCL’s Xess, promises to be an exciting collaboration and shall be shown using a WeChat powered robot. WeChat, developed by Tencent, is one of the most popular messaging apps in the world and has 650 million monthly active users as of Q3 2015. It also has one of the highest engagement rates amongst the coveted 17-32 years old audience.

Visit TCL’s CES booth in the main lobby to experience a demonstration. Stand No. 9829 & 9840, Central Hall Las Vegas Convention Center [LVCC].


About ObEN
ObEN’s proprietary artificial intelligence technology quickly combines a person’s voice and image to create a 3D virtual self that can be used to experience virtual reality and augmented reality in a way never before possible. Founded in 2014, ObEN is an HTC VIVE X portfolio company and is located in Pasadena, California at leading technology incubator Idealab. To learn more about ObEN, please visit: oben.com

ObEN is a trademark of ObEN, Inc.

 About TCL Communications
TCL Communication Technology Holdings Limited (“TCL Communication”; HKSE stock code: 02618) together with its subsidiaries and its affiliates designs, manufactures and markets an expanding portfolio of mobile and internet products and service worldwide under two key brands – ALCATEL ONETOUCH and TCL. TCL Communication’s portfolio of products is currently sold in China and over 170 countries throughout North America, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East & Africa and Asia Pacific. According to telecommunication research firm IDC and company’s data, the company ranked No. 5 among global phone manufacturers in the third quarter of 2015. Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, TCL Communication operates its highly efficient manufacturing plant and R&D centers in overseas and PRC. It employs over 15,000 people worldwide.

For more information, please visit its website at http://tclcom.tcl.com.



Brittany Votto
Inner Circle Labs for ObEN



ObENの独自の人工知能技術は、人物の2D画像と音声を組み合わせて、パーソナル3Dアバターを短時間で作り出します。パーソナルアバターをVR環境やAR環境に送り込み、真に迫ったソーシャル体験ができます。ObENは2014年創業のHTC VIVE Xプログラム参加企業です。カリフォルニア州パサデナの先進技術インキュベータであるIdealabを拠点としています。

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