TOKYO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--SoftBank Corp. (“SoftBank”) today announced results for the third round of its ‘SoftBank Innovation Program’ launched in November 2017. SoftBank will tie up with eight companies from Japan and abroad to conduct test marketing and consider future commercialization.
The SoftBank Innovation Program’s aim is to create new value by combining the innovative solutions and technologies of other companies with SoftBank’s own resources*1. The third round of the SoftBank Innovation Program was open to five categories—AI as a Service*2, Disrupt*3, EdTech*4, Home*5 and AR (augmented reality) / VR (virtual reality). SoftBank received approximately 300 entries and selected eight from the AI as a Service, Disrupt and AR / VR categories to consider for commercialization.
Through the SoftBank Innovation Program, SoftBank will continue to seek to create new value by teaming up with companies around the world.
*1. For more on the SoftBank Innovation Program, please visit the
official website (https://www.softbank.jp/en/biz/innovation/).
*2. Artificial intelligence (AI) provided as a service
*3. Innovative solutions that disrupt preconceived notions
*4. Solutions that fuse education and IT
*5. A variety of services and solutions (including smart homes) that use homes as a touch point
Outline of Test Marketing Items
|AI as a Service||Retrieva||
1) AI x Operation
2) IoT x Livestock
3) AI x Sales/Customer Support
4) IoT x Sake
5) AR x Media
6) VR x Avatars
7) VR x Motion
8) VR x Social Platforms
Outline of Companies to Conduct Test Marketing
Retrieva, Inc. (headquartered in Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo)
Provides solutions for various tasks by utilizing AI technology
URL: https://retrieva.jp/ (Japanese)
uLikeKorea Co., Inc. (headquartered in South Korea)
Provides health monitoring services for cattle herds using IoT
UsideU, Inc. (headquartered in Minato-ku, Tokyo)
Provides hybrid AI solution for remote communication or multi-modal automated communication
URL: https://www.usideu.com/ (Japanese)
Nihonshu Oendan Inc. (headquartered in
Provides solutions for sake, from brewing to consumption
URL: https://welovesake.com/ (Japanese)
eyecandylab Corp. (headquartered in California, US)
Provides solution that imparts new experiences to TV programs with AR
ObEN, Inc. (headquartered in California, US)
Provides solutions by generating personalized AI avatars from one photo and a brief voice recording, authenticating and securing the avatars with blockchain technology
wrnch inc. (headquartered in Canada)
wrnchAI uses deep learning to understand human motion and behavior from standard video
Salin Co., Ltd. (headquartered in South Korea)
Provides platform that enables communicating with avatars among users while watching VR video
About SoftBank Corp.
SoftBank Corp., a subsidiary of SoftBank Group Corp. (TOKYO: 9984), provides mobile communication, fixed-line communication and Internet connection services to consumers and corporate customers in Japan. Leveraging the innovative technologies of other SoftBank Group companies, SoftBank Corp. is also expanding into AI, IoT, smart robotics, FinTech, cloud security and other sectors.
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