How do you give Pia a personality… Well there are two approaches we are pursuing to do this. First off, we have been looking closely at the dialogue flows of Pia and it communicates with you. Style, tone and language use are all critical and something that we aim to tailor based on who we are speaking to.
Second up, we have been working on giving Pia an animated form. I am not talking about an avatar or something pretending to be a human in design and style. Pia will take a fare more fluid but omnipresent form that represents the fact that it is technology and not human. Sounds suitably vague right
Why don’t I try to show you… Below are four different forms that we are building for when a user is chatting to Pia or interacting on content throughout the site. Pia will alter its form and speed depending on the type of response it plans to come back with or the content it is trying to load. The way that we can highlight personality is via the animation characteristics. A subtle difference that probably 95% of you will never directly notice but subconsciously helps to build a stronger personality of Pia.
Shown when Pia is loading content, relatively fast motion and to the point:
Shown when Pia is trying to solve a problem or calculating something, slower with an increased distortion to show the task is hard to solve.
Shown when Pia is responding to a chat interaction, simple and smooth
Shown when Pia is suggesting a page, website, video or piece of content, rises at the end of the animation to indicate a rhetorical question or response… How about this?
We are really looking forward to sharing with you these movements in practice in the next couple of weeks. It should be fun to try it all out and please do share any of your comments below…