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Comhear Embeds Directed Audio Into ViaTouch's 'Vicki' Vending Machine

Posted On: 1/11/2018

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SAN DIEGO -- Comhear Inc. said it will integrate its MyBeam directed audio technology into ViaTouch Media's "Vicki" vending machine.

Slated to begin shipping in early 2018, Vicki (ViaTouch Intellishelf Cognitive Kinetic Interactions) is a high-tech vending machine that enables personal engagement through artificial intelligence. The platform incorporates some of the tech industry's most advanced technologies, including a patented shelf load sensor system and iris-scanning authentication capabilities.

In June 2016,  New York City-based ViaTouch Media launched the high-tech, smart-shelf Lisa vending machine. It was designed to customize interaction between consumers and technology to drive better consumer engagement. From Lisa, Vicki was born, leveraging artificial intelligence to bring the consumer experience more in line with today's smartphones.

Vicki recognizes and authenticates each consumer, learns their preferences and then acts upon them, serving as a virtual clerk. Much like Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa, the machine engages with consumers by talking to them.  | READ MORE

San Diego-based Comhear specializes in providing next-generation audio solutions for consumer, enterprise and professional applications. The embedded, directed audio solution incorporated in Vicki is based on the Comhear's patented MyBeam technology and its custom speaker array designs.
 
"Comhear was with my team step by step, delivering the voice and specialized audio for our product with the most incredible sound technology we have heard," said ViaTouch Media chief executive Tom Murn. "Their ability to create 3D sound and directed audio is truly groundbreaking."

ViaTouch plans to start shipping the first Vicki machines in the first quarter of 2018.