Bobacino, Backed By Wavemaker, Eyes Facial Recognition For Boba Machines

A new, Santa Monica-based startup, Bobacino–which is backed by Wavemaker Partners, Wavemaker Labs, and Embark Ventures–said this morning that it is partnering with PopID, a developer of facial recognition payment technology, to offer up no-touch ways to pay for their boba. Financial details of the partnership were not announced. The two said the deal will offer up on-site contactless ordering and payment on Bobacino machines. Darian Ahler is CEO of Bobacino, which has been crowdfunding its efforts to bring an automated boba machine to market, and has been actively soliciting funds on StartEngine.