// AniBuddy is a Mixed Reality application that is designed for
// Design Type: Speculative
Anibuddy is a MR (Mixed Reality) chat bot designed to help girls aged 8-10 build confidence and problem solving skills. Like the stuffed animals, and imaginary friends you had as a kid, AniBuddy is a supportive playmate that comforts, encourages, and inspires the imagination.
The virtual nature of this dimensional, hologram character holds lots of potential for sharing and connecting to age-appropriate content.
Our concept also considers the value of physical connections. The Anbuddy character lives within a wristband which becomes a visual reminder of the secret friend within, and signals belonging to league of motivated girls.
Meeting Girl Empowerment Group in New Jersey:
We discovered and interviewed a group of 8-10 year old girls, led by their teacher Ms.Muse that meets once a week to discuss role models and to share problems that are bothering them - Our target User Group for this product.
We learnt about how Ms.Muse teaches them about the importance of having self-confidence and being part of a supportive community like this group.
Gestures with the MR content
Physical interactions with the wristband
The primary interaction with AniBuddy is talking to it. But, there are lots of other things that AniBuddy can do too. AniBuddy can pull in information from APIs, show videos, and 3D models. We want to give a robust educational experience with information that girls can sort, pick apart, and explore in their own way.
Interaction Demonstration Video
Girl Empowerment Group in New Jersey, Led by their school teacher Ms.Muse
A wristband that provides haptic feedback makes the MR experience more powerful. It can be worn all the time, and serves as a Home for the AniBuddy to live.
It can be worn all the time, and serves as a Home for the AniBuddy to live.
Pressing the wristband and get a response as haptic feedback.
The wrist band records signs of nervousness. AniBuddy can reference these in the next MR conversation with the girl.
Having a dimensional character in Mixed Reality that the girl can interact with is more powerful than a faceless chat-bot.
This experience leverages:
Natural Language Processing
Personalizing the Experience
When the MR experience is launched through the Hololens, girls can select their AniBuddy and personalize the characteristics.