PRESS COVERAGE

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 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 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.


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