Exfinity Venture Partners invests Rs 8 crore in AI+VR start-up Absentia
Bengaluru-based Exfinity Venture Partners announced it led a Pre-Series A financing round for the invest of Rs 8 crore in AI+VR start-up Absentia. Exfinity Venture Parners is led by IT industry bigwigs V Balakrishnan, Mohandas Pai, Deepak Ghaisas and Girish Paranjpe.
The Bangalore based AI+VR start-up is building Norah AI, the AI engine that aims to create the world’s first AAA games with minimal human intervention. Absentia claims that with just a few lines of text or pictorial input, Norah can create a completely new set of interactive content such as Arcade games, Casual games, Puzzles, Animation, Graphics among various other form of content with over a trillion unique possibilities.
R&D trials of the product are currently being carried out in California, New York and Stockholm and it will be available for public release by middle of this year.
The team behind Absentia are final year engineering dropouts from BITS Pilani (Goa); Vrushali Prasade (21), Shubham Mishra (21) and Harikrishna Valiyath (21), who in early 2015, believed that they had the ambition, skills sets and commitment to create India’s first Virtual Reality operating system with Deep Learning, Neural Network & Artificial Intelligence at its core.
Using AI for auto content creation can push the envelope of gaming and entertainment multi fold since a machine can think about several possibilities in scenario building which human creators cannot. This means that a content creator can train the machine with a movie and Norah will automatically generate a high end game by learning from the movie-verse and the characters that inhabit it.