Category Archives: Virtual Agents

‘Tis the Season…Again…Virtual Character Engagement

First, yes, it’s been awhile since we’ve updated our blog here (or, wow, the entire site could use some updates!)… Much of our focus in the past year has been with our baubleApp.com imprint – But, particularly in the lead up to the Holiday Season, we are still managing our virtual characters and interactive narrative

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Why We Don’t Include Video with Virtual Characters

For the past day, we’ve had articles sent to us about the launch of a new “human/bot” platform, Volio. We think what they’re doing is pretty cool.  It’s focused on an individual’s specific knowledge base (knowledge vertical, in our parlance) and a “motivated conversation” (the bot leads the User, though allows for some variety)… Yes,

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Ads that Talk Back to You – Nuance Joins the Party

Anyone who’s been following contentAI for awhile knows that we’ve been offering and producing prototypes for mobile ads that can “talk back” to the consumer (via text conversations) for quite awhile. The most basic notion of talking to a characters on a cereal box seems obvious to us. And, incorporating speech-to-text or voice recognition is

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A Side Trip to 2nd Screen Apps

Via our parent company, zyntroPICS inc., contentAI studios have been testing integration capabilities with various interactive video platforms — The purpose has been to create truly unique 2nd Screen experiences. zyntroPICS inc. was recently engaged to undertake a significant interactive video project for a major U.S. network that may appear unrelated to the contentAI platform,

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contentAI Autumn Updates

Summer was (as always) far too brief. Here @ contentAI, we spent most of the summer working on our consumer-facing English as a Second Language (http://eslAI.com) conversational applications, especially a children’s series (the abcDog series).  We also expanded to release all of our apps on the Chrome App Store. But, as the clouds return to

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Evolving Distribution Patterns in Mobile and Browsers

While the Native v. HTML5 pseudo-battle waged over the past year, we pretty much stayed away from it – We’re platform agnostic – We work with nearly all formats (including ye olde Java apps)… But, for our own proprietary Apps it’s been fascinating to see how one of our strongest release channels has been the

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NFC Tap to Chat with Virtual Character

We’re fans of NFC (near field communication) technology for creative applications (looking forward to payments as well)… We’ve been testing and watching the user interaction off of Beta apps where an NFC tap leads to a chat with one of our virtual characters – And, comparing this to alternative triggers, such as shortcode SMS, QR

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Keep The Front-End (REALLY) Simple – Mobile UX

It was really refreshing to read a post today by developer Christian Heilmann entitled: ON SINGLE PAGE APPS Which has been a primary focus for contentAI since the earliest days of designing the platform. A few standout quotes: The first load sends you the shell of the app and it stays in the browser –

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Virtual Agents Designed for Mobile First

The contentAI platform was specifically designed for “mobile first” engagement – With virtual agents and characters who differ greatly from “online” bots and virtual agents. That key difference is with our “proactive” (or, “motivated“) virtual agents/characters who view each engagement as if it’s a short scene that has a logical conclusion (contextual to the mobile

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