ObEN Continues Expansion into China Market, Unveils Chinese Name

This year to celebrate our great growth and expansion in China, ObEN is excited to announce our new Chinese name! Today we announced our official Chinese name — 偶邦 — roughly translating to “Celebrity Crew” — a nod to our strong presence in China’s entertainment industry.

The new name also serves to celebrate the Lunar New Year, which is when ObEN plans to release several new celebrity avatars created for the Chinese market. This follows on the heels of ObEN’s December collaboration with Chinese idol group SNH48 to release the world’s first human and PAI song and music video. Using our proprietary full-stack AI technology, ObEN created avatars for six of the group’s most popular members, each bearing the voice and likeness of its human counterpart. The PAIs joined the group members to sing, dance, and perform in the music video for the song Now and Forever.

ObEN’s state-of-the-art AI technology uses simple selfies (or 3D face scans for higher quality output) and a few short voice recordings to create digital avatars that look and sound like an individual user. Coupled with natural language processing technology, these avatars can serve as intelligent virtual chatbots that can even behave and converse like the person they are modeled after, when provided with sufficient data. In November of 2018, we showcased our PAI technology, competing toe-to-toe with Microsoft’s Xiao Ice AI on the popular Chinese show My Future. The company gained widespread recognition for the PAI of famed actress Dai Chunrong we featured on the show.

Earlier in the year, we were specially invited to exhibit our technology at the Shanghai World AI Conference, showcasing our work to executives, government leaders, and tens of thousands of attendees over the weeklong event. The company also debuted the world’s first PAI concierge at Shanghai’s K11 Art Mall, where our technology was used to transform K11 Founder and Chairman Adrian Cheng into a virtual concierge that greeted visitors and guided them through a dual exhibit featuring works from American ceramic artist Betty Woodman and acclaimed Chinese painter Zhao Yang.

ObEN’s growth is backed by several Chinese investors including Tencent, K11, and venture capital funds including Cybernaut, DunAn, and E3 capital.

To learn more about Personal AI visit oben.com

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Lisa Wang


ObEN is an artificial intelligence company that is building a decentralized AI platform for Personal AI (PAI), intelligent 3D avatars that look, sound, and behave like the individual user. Deployed on the Project PAI blockchain, ObEN’s technology enables users to create, use, and manage their own PAI on a secure, decentralized platform - enabling never before possible social and virtual interactions. Founded in 2014, ObEN is a K11, Tencent, Softbank Ventures Korea and HTC Vive X portfolio company and is located at Idealab in Pasadena, California.