Leading AI Company and Japanese Entertainment Conglomerate Join Forces to Bring Intelligent Avatar Experiences to Japan and Beyond
ObEN, the artificial intelligence (AI) company creating Personal AI (PAI) technology to revolutionize digital interactions, and Yoshimoto Kogyo, major Japanese entertainment conglomerate, announced they are partnering to bring AI-powered Avatar technology to the Japanese market. The new collaboration, combines the entertainment and celebrity IP of Yoshimoto with the cutting edge image, voice, and animation avatar technology created by ObEN to revolutionize communication and interaction in the digital and virtual space for celebrities and fans alike.
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ObEN is a world leader in customized, intelligent digital humans. Using a small sample of speech and image data, ObEN can create a digital likeness of anyone in the world, capable of speaking in their voice in any language. These digital personas are called Personal AIs, or PAIs for short. ObEN’s Personal AI technology has been used in projects for investors and clients including SoftBank, China Central Television (CCTV), and NBA stars.
PAIs can be utilized in smartphone apps, augmented reality (AR), and virtual reality (VR). It can also provide a customized experience for users in gaming and social networking. For celebrities, including Yoshimoto vast roster of talent and IP, PAIs can also be created as a representative for an artist or product brand, where they can help them expand to markets around the world. ObEN’s technology automatically generates the appearance, voice, and animation of PAIs for rapid content creation. Furthermore, PAIs can speak languages other than the user’s native language using voice conversion technology. For security, blockchain technology will be used to protect the personal information and copyrights of users, clients, and partners.
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With this collaboration, Yoshimoto will enhance ObEN’s AI avatar production with the IP of Yoshimoto’s talent, and manage and operate the AI avatar’s IP for the Japanese market. Yoshimoto and ObEN are currently working on a prototype 3D avatar, based on Yoshimoto’s Japanese talent IP, which will premiere in April 2020.
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