SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 14, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Bobacino ? the startup bringing a unique boba experience to a growing audience of boba enthusiasts ? announced it is partnering with PopID, the facial recognition payment company, to offer consumers a faster, easier and safer way to pay. As the demand for contactless solutions and low-touch, easily accessible beverage options remains high, the partnership will offer consumers the ability to pay with their face at Bobacino's automated boba locations and on mobile devices.
Over the past year and a half, the food and beverage industry has faced a variety of challenges due to the sudden shift in consumer attitudes and preferences ? particularly around health and safety measures for how items should be prepared, handled and delivered. Coupled with the ongoing labor shortage, many food and beverage providers are turning to automation and low-touch solutions to maintain quality, expedite service times and cut down operational expenses to stay afloat. Bobacino's approach ? a standalone, fully integrated beverage system and dispenser ? creates an automated bubble tea experience that combines futuristic technology with a range of diverse flavors and customizable ingredients in order to bring the unique drink to a larger audience.
PopID's advanced facial recognition technology complements Bobacino's low-touch automation, speed and access expectations for consumers. Key benefits of the partnership include:
"By integrating PopID into our system, Bobacino customers will have a safe and reliable way to pay for their favorite boba tea beverage and have a better overall experience," said Darian Ahler, CEO of Bobacino. "Our goal has always been to make boba more accessible to a wider audience ? from the enthusiasts who can't get enough to those who are willing to try it out because they see a robot making it in front of them. We want to make sure that the ordering process is as seamless as possible and PopID enables us to do just that ? all while adding another contactless layer that gets boba into our customers' hands even faster than before."
The demand for low-touch concepts and operator solutions that align with industry shifts caused by the pandemic has led to huge interest in Bobacino. As a result, Bobacino continues to see traction with investors in their crowdfunding campaign, which is currently underway on StartEngine. The platform gives everyday investors an opportunity to capitalize on the global boba tea market ? which is projected to exceed $8 billion by 2024 ? and be a part of shaping the future of the industry by investing in Intelligent Automation. The campaign is set to end October 29 ? invest now.
Bobacino is backed by experts in the food automation space. Its lead investor, Wavemaker Partners, is a global venture capital fund with over $550M assets under management, and its studio, Wavemaker Labs, focuses directly on automation.
Bobacino brings a unique boba experience to a growing audience of boba aficionados and new enthusiasts through advanced artificial intelligence, automation and robotics. Made with fresh ingredients and offering customizable and flavorful options, Bobacino delivers a memorable boba experience at first pour. With every trip to Bobacino's fully automated boba bar, customers get a beverage crafted to their liking, without exposure to contamination. Sip safely with Bobacino, a company backed by Wavemaker Partners, a global venture capital fund with $550M AUM, and Wavemaker Labs, an automation-focused venture studio, and Embark Ventures, a venture capital firm in Los Angeles with a strong focus on AI and Robotics. The company features a seasoned team of robotics and food experts made up of executives and founders from Miso Robotics, SpaceX and Microsoft. For more information, visit www.bobacino.co.
PopID is a cloud-based platform that enables merchants to offer consumers the option of authenticating their identity using facial recognition. After registering for the service once, consumers can choose to use PopID for various purposes, including logging into loyalty accounts, receiving personalized food ordering recommendations, processing payments, and entering facilities. Learn more about PopID's vision at PopID.com.
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