Soul Machines Makes the List of the 10 Hottest Startups for 2021
Top Executive: Mark Sagar, CEO and co-founder
Headquarters: San Francisco
Soul Machines uses AI to create digital people for customer brand experiences. Its digital avatars process information, show emotion and maintain eye contact during conversations, according to the company’s website.
Virtual shopping assistants in an online store, online bankers and online health care assistants are some of the example use cases.
In May, the company announced Human OS 2.0, a new version of its AI platform, which enhances the digital avatars’ interaction ability. The lifelike avatars gained more body animation from the waist up, with hands that can gesture and interact with on-screen content, according to a statement from the time. The new features do not need pre-recording, scripts or puppeteering.
Soul Machines’ partners include Procter and Gamble, NBA player Carmelo Anthony and the World Health Organization.
The company was founded in 2016 and has raised a total of $65 million to date, according to Crunchbase.