Comhear Inc. Forms Strategic Partnership with ViaTouch Media to Embed MyBeam™ Directed Audio into Industry-First AI-Enabled Retail Vending Solution
Comhear’s Proprietary MyBeam Technology to Serve as the “Voice of Vicki™” in First-of-its-Kind Artificial Intelligence-Enabled Automated Vending Kiosk
LAS VEGAS (CES) – January 9, 2018 – Comhear Inc., the San Diego-based audio technology company, today announced a strategic partnership with ViaTouch Media to integrate the company’s award-winning MyBeam™ directed audio technology into ViaTouch’s industry-first automated retail solution called “Vicki™” (ViaTouch Intellishelf Cognitive Kinetic Interactions).
Slated for availability in early 2018, Vicki is a personal engagement high-tech vending machine, enabled by artificial intelligence (AI). The platform incorporates some of the tech industry’s most advanced technologies including a patented shelf load sensor system, iris scanning authentication capabilities and Comhear’s directed MyBeam personal audio communications.
ViaTouch Media was founded with the goal of disrupting the consumer goods distribution industry by creating new and innovative automated retail solutions. The company introduced its first high-tech vending machine LISA™ in 2016.
Comhear specializes in providing next generation audio solutions for consumer, enterprise and professional applications. The company’s leading beamforming technology delivers highly directional audio and unparalleled sound experience, no matter the setting or application. The embedded, directed audio solution incorporated in Vicki is based on the Comhear’s patented MyBeam technology and its custom speaker array designs.
“From the beginning, it was clear that ViaTouch was looking for a unique, interactive experience for its kiosk customers and users,” said Gerry Chastelet CEO of Comhear. “Working closely with ViaTouch’s design team, our engineers were able to provide the MyBeam audio solution ViaTouch required in a custom form factor implementation to fit the Vicki platform.”
“With Vicki, ViaTouch is revolutionizing the way retail and service organizations deliver products to their customers,” said Tom Murn, CEO of ViaTouch Media. “To accomplish our vision, we looked for strategic partners who not only have superior technologies, but also share our culture of commitment and excellence in bringing our vision to reality. 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. Their ability to create 3D sound and directed audio is truly groundbreaking.”
ViaTouch plans to start shipping the first Vicki units in Q1 2018.
To learn more about Comhear products, technologies and capabilities visit Comhear at CES 2018 ShowStoppers on Tuesday, January 9 or at the company suite at The Venetian Hotel (3355 Las Vegas Blvd), Suite 30-308.
You can also see a ViaTouch Vicki firsthand at the Voxx CES 2018 Booth, located at LVCC, Central Hall, booth number 13518.
For additional information about Comhear, visit: www.comhear.com. For more information about ViaTouch, visit: http://www.viatouchmedia.com/
About ViaTouch Media
ViaTouch Media Inc. is a privately-owned company focused on transforming the retail industry by developing Vicki, the first artificial intelligence online self-inventory, media delivery IOT device at the point of sale. Once your identity and payment mechanism are validated via credit card, eye or thumb biometrics connected to a “getVicki” account, you are able to open the door and browse. Vicki connects the store to the internet by providing instant information on products via AI & directed sound so she won’t disturb others while she is talking to you. Once a final product selection is made, Vicki will display the selection and price through patented shelf load sensor technology. Once the door is closed with the selection, your purchase is complete. Additional ground-breaking technology called Apple VAS (Value Added Services) will be enabled in the future by First Data and Worldnet. For more information, please visit www.viatouchmedia.com.
About Comhear, Inc.
Comhear Inc., a San Diego-based, award-winning audio technology company, is dedicated to creating next generation audio technologies for consumer, enterprise, and professional applications. The company’s products are powered by its patented, groundbreaking MyBeam™ beamforming technology and KAP™ enhancement software, which provide fully immersive, 3-D audio soundscapes. Comhear’s technologies deliver unparalleled audio experiences, no matter the setting or application — including professional directed sound through the company’s MyBeam Pro line, in consumer electronics through a Comhear-branded YARRA 3DX sound bar, and in a host of MyBeam™ Powered ODM/OEM audio applications and products. For more information about Comhear’s products, technologies and solutions, visit www.comhear.com