Bengaluru-based artificial intelligence and virtual reality startup Absentia has INR 8 crore in a pre-series-A round from investors including Exfinity Venture Partners, former Infosys executives V Balakrishnan and Mohandas Pai, Deepak Ghaisas and Girish Paranjpe. The funding will be utilized to build Norah AI, an artificial intelligence engine that can create interactive content for games with minimal human intervention.

Whodat, an augmented reality (AR) platform, has raised $600,000 from Ideaspring Capital. Whodat, which follows a business-to-business-to-consumer (B2B2C) model, is building a proprietary hybrid SLAM (Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping) system to place digital content within indoor environments without markers, which are basically visual cues which are linked to virtual information.