PRESS COVERAGE

The World’s Most Watched TV Show Will Be Hosted By Artificial Intelligences

The world's first artificial intelligence (AI) TV hosts will preside over this year's China Central Television (CCTV) New Year's Gala – the world's...

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Chinese girl idol group SNH48 creates digital clones built by AI

The four-minute music video, co-produced by Tencent-backed artificial intelligence (AI) start-up ObEN, claims to be the world’s first commercially...

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Create your own avatar twin that talks like you

ObEN CEO Nikhil Jain on the technology that helps people create their own personal avatar twin.

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The brave new world of digital humans, designed to do our bidding

“What if there was a copy of me that could interact with my kids and talk to them?” Nikhil Jain asked himself this question, after yet another...

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ObEN lands $5M from Tencent and others for AI-powered avatars

ObEN, a startup that is building software to create personalized avatars for celebrities, has raised $5 million in a strategic investment that should...

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ObEN raises $5M from Tencent to create AI celebrities for AR

The worlds of VR and AR may deeply change how we interact with computers but it may also change how we follow celebrities as well.

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New Venture Aims to Create AI-Driven Digital “Copies” of Hollywood Stars

ObEN is reaching out to Hollywood talent agencies with an eye toward creating digital "copies" of actors and celebrities for a variety of uses. For...

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How to Save Your Digital Soul

With a selfie and some audio, a startup called ObEN says, it can make you an avatar that can say—or sing—anything. For the past three years, Jain...

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The Vive Is Getting Its Own Social VR Experience Through WeChat Integration

Facebook released Spaces last week — a virtual reality social experience that lets you meet up...

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The next generation of VR enhancements coming to HTC Vive

Wireless multiplayer, better social engagement and eye-tracking technology is almost her. The first year of consumer virtual reality has been...

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Robotics, VR Content Take Center Stage at CES, but Where Is Cannabiz?

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas will be the largest edition of the show yet. At the gargantuan tech...

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These Startups Were Seen at the HTC Vive X Accelerator Demo Day

The recent HTC hosted Demo Day in San Francisco highlighted some really great startups that have made some waves through HTC’s Vive X virtual...

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Virtual reality firms revive video arcades as they aim for the mainstream

Above me is the Hillary Step, a sheer vertical face of rock about 12 metres high on the south-east ridge of Mount Everest. In a brisk breeze, snow...

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ObEN Raises $7.7M for Virtual-Reality Avatars

The company says it uses artificial intelligence to create avatars that look and sound like real people

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Why you’ll send a digital avatar to a meeting by 2020

In the future, you might not have to attend a meeting in person. Instead, you’ll send an avatar who knows what you’d normally say, your opinions...

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With two minutes and a selfie, anyone could be singing in Chinese in VR

Sedonah, 5, speaks Chinese fluently but her father doesn't know a lick of it. So when Sedonah saw a video of him singing a Chinese song, she lit up...

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ObEN nabs $7.7M Series A as it looks to build a more human VR avatar

When you’re in virtual reality and start associating your limb and head movements with your onscreen avatar, that digital recreation really becomes...

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ObEN raises $7.7 million to help you create your virtual self in VR

ObEN has raised $7.7 million from Chinese investors so it can put 3D faces in virtual reality. Pasadena, Calif.-based ObEN can take a 2D image and...

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Vive X Member ObEN Raises $7.7 Million To Bring Realistic Avatars To VR

HTC announced the first class of 33 companies to join its Vive X accelerator back in July, but has since remained tight-lipped about what those...

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HTC’s Vive X VR Accelerator Announces First Class of 33 Companies

Back in April we reported that HTC had launched a new virtual reality accelerator named Vive X. Today, the first companies accepted into that program...

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I Don’t Speak Chinese, But My ObEN Digital Doppelganger Does

I just received an audio clip, pressed play, and recognized my voice—but I was speaking Chinese. In reality, I don't know more than a cheerful...

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Caesars Showcases WeChat Robot Using ObEN’s Humanized A.I.

Caesars Entertainment introduces “Ben” the WeChat Robot – a virtual concierge – using ObEN’s proprietary speech technology at The LINQ...

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PRESS RELEASE

ObEN and SoftBank Collaborate to Develop New Mobile VR Social Experience

ObEN and SoftBank Collaborate to Develop New Mobile VR Social Experience Prototype technology provides VR communication and social platform that will...

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AfreecaTV and ObEN Sign MOU to Develop Broadcast Jockey Avatars for Content Streaming

Korea’s largest P2P streaming platform to work with AI company to develop digital clones of human streamers capable of creating an endless variety...

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ObEN Creates Healthcare Avatar for MedStar Health Heart Disease Study

Personal AI of health assistant to aid in at-home monitoring of patients suffering from heart failure PASADENA, Calif., March 4, 2019 – ObEN...

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ObEN and Salin Join Forces to Personalize Social VR and AR

VR/AR platform works with leading Personal AI company to enable users to enjoy personalized avatar interactions in VR/AR experiences PASADENA, CA,...

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ObEN Creates AI Hosts for China’s Network Spring Festival Gala

Personal AI (PAI) hosts will perform alongside their human counterparts for as part of CCTV’s annual Lunar New Year Programming PASADENA, Calif.,...

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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...

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OBEN COLLABORATES WITH SNH48 TO CREATE WORLD’S FIRST PAI/HUMAN MUSIC VIDEO

Personal AI company creates talking, dancing, and singing digital doubles for leading Chinese idol group PASADENA, Calif., December 27, 2018 –...

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ObEN and the Lippo Group join forces to form Pacific Blockchain Research Institute

Leading AI company and South East Asia Conglomerate to work with top Universities to support blockchain development and implementation  ...

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ObEN Debuts First Celebrity Personal AI at Shanghai World AI Conference

Leading AI company showcases Personal AI avatar of member of popular Chinese idol group SNH48 PASADENA, Calif., Sept. 25, 2018 – ObEN Inc....

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ObEN Co-Founders Win BlockAwards 2018 Blockchain Visionary Award

OBEN CO-FOUNDERS WIN BLOCKAWARDS 2018 BLOCKCHAIN VISIONARY AWARD ObEN’s adoption of the Project PAI blockchain for Personal AI honored at Silicon...

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ObEN selected for Softbank Innovation Program

OBEN SELECTED FOR SOFTBANK INNOVATION PROGRAM Leading global conglomerate aims to help expand ObEN’s innovative Personal AI technology in the VR/AR...

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ObEN Partners with Tencent, Gao Rong VC to form Tsinghua University Blockchain Research Center

OBEN PARTNERS WITH TENCENT, GAO RONG VC TO FORM TSINGHUA UNIVERSITY BLOCKCHAIN RESEARCH CENTER Leading AI company donates $1 Million USD to advance...

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ObEN Debuts World’s First Personal AI Art Concierge at Shanghai K11

ObEN Debuts World’s First Personal AI Art Concierge at Shanghai K11 Leading artificial intelligence company partners with retail disruptor K11...

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ObEN Joins Dubai Future Accelerators Program

ObEN Joins Dubai Future Accelerators Program Personal AI company brings blockchain secured, intelligent avatars to leading Dubai technology...

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ObEN Raises $10 Million from K11

ObEN Raises $10 Million from K11 to Bring Immersive AI Experiences to Retail and Hospitality Strategic alliance drives the future of retail by...

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ObEN Raises $5M in Strategic Funding Led by Tencent

Artificial Intelligence Company ObEN Raises $5 Million In Strategic Funding Led By Tencent ObEN, a full-stack AI company, is building the world’s...

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S.M. Ent. and ObEN Form Joint Venture to Create the World’s First Celebrity AI Agency

S.M. Entertainment and ObEN Form Joint Venture to Create the World’s First Celebrity AI Agency S.M Entertainment joins forces with ObEN, a...

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Softbank Ventures Korea Invests in Artificial Intelligence Company ObEN

Softbank Ventures Korea Invests In Artificial Intelligence Company ObEN SoftBank Ventures Korea furthers its AI vision by investing in ObEN: a...

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ObEN Closes $7.7M Series A Funding

ObEN Closes $7.7 Million Series A Funding From Leading Chinese Investors to Accelerate Development of Breakthrough VR / AI Technology  HTC VIVE X...

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Caesars Ent. Showcases WeChat Robot Using ObEN’s Humanized A.I.

Caesars Entertainment Showcases WeChat Robot Using ObEN’s Humanized Artificial Intelligence  The LINQ Hotel showcases “Ben” the virtual...

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ObEN and TCL Join Forces at CES

OBEN AND TCL JOIN FORCES AT CES: LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan. 3, 2016 – After almost two years in stealth mode, Pasadena-based deep learning start-up ObEN...

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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.


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