Ambient Sound Investments, a company established by the four co-founding engineers of Skype, have invested in the Hong Kong based 3D social networking company Frenzoo as part of a Series A round of investment aimed at expanding the service through out Asia.
ASI owners include Priit Kasesalu and Jaan Tallinn, Senior Developers at Skype, Ahti Heinla, Chief Architect at Skype and Toivo Annu, a former Skype Head of Engineering.
Frenzoo enables users to connect with friends by becoming “budding fashionistas”. Users can express themselves by personalizing 3D characters, and can mix-and-match a variety of branded clothes, footwear, accessories, furniture and lifestyle items.
Frenzoo utilizes a “RealFashion 3D Engine” that simulates a user’s character, clothing and living environments in true 3D, leveraging recent advances in graphics hardware. The Frenzoo application is a downloadable program offering native social network browsing and instant messaging.
Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Frenzoo is currently in closed beta with a launch date scheduled for the second half of 2007.