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An interesting article by Aaron Marcus and
Eugene Chen on designing affective personalities for 'baby
face' devices (wireless devices with small displays) can be
found in interactions magazine, Vol IX.1, entitled 'Designing
the PDA of the Future'. One of their ideas is a device called
Mob-i, designed to have an engaging and expressive personality.
A set of icons that represent different moods and states (e.g.
thinking, excited, alert) appears at the top of the PDA screen
and changes according to what it is doing. Mob-i's personality
is supposed to make users more attached to their PDAs and
if they get fed up with the one they currently have they can
always download another!
There is some software called Bugtoaster
that you can download onto your computer that records and
reports every time your computer crashes. It provides various
statistics, including information about which software applications
crash most often.
Brenda Laurel has written a paper called 'In
Defense of Anthropomorphism' which was first delivered
at ACM SICGHI'92 as part of a panel between Susan Brennan,
Ben Shneiderman and herself.
If you are interested in some of the provocative
ideas behind Reeves and Nass's approach to interaction design,
start by looking at a one-day course they and their colleagues
put together on "Experiments
in Voice User Interfaces".
is a definitive collection of Microsoft agents and agent materials.
A number of interesting short magazine articles
on all kinds of topics concerned with agents can be found
here, written by a variety of authors, some of whom are well-known
in the field.
For a discussion of issues and crucial notions
to do with agents see the article
written by Lenny Foner.
Boo now appears as a sales agent for a shopping mall portal.
She is not as prominent as she used to be.
Also take a look at the website on Rea,
the embodied agent being developed at MIT.