Monday, January 19, 2015

Announcing Paphus Live Chat 2.0 - 3D animated avatars, video, audio, script library, enterprise services and more

We released Paphus Live Chat 2.0 this week.

This release includes many new features and services. We added several new bundled services to our Enterprise membership, including custom chat bot creation and training, custom 3D avatar, custom Android app and website, and free web domain name.

This release includes new avatar support that lets you build, share, and embed avatars independently of your bot. The new avatars support 3D animation, video, audio, emotions, actions, and poses.

You can browse, create, and link avatars from the avatar directory. You can choose your bot's avatar from its Avatar Admin page.

An avatar its a bot's appearance. You can import video, audio, and images to define your avatar. You can associate each media element with an emotion, action, or pose. When your bot expresses the emotion, action, or pose, the avatar will update its appearance.

There are already several avatars to choose from, and more are being added each day. You can add your own by rendering your own video from 3D software packages such as Daz3D, designing your own graphics, or use stock content available on many content services, or capture your own videos or images and bot yourself.

The avatars can be linked from a bot, or used by themselves through the Paphus Live Chat web API and SDK. You can embed a avatar on your own website and prompt it what to say, or use the avatar with your own home grown bot.

The release also includes a new script library. The script library gives you access to many free scripts for training your bot, and includes JavaScript and HTML examples. You can add your own scripts (in any language or format) to your own domain to resuse and share with your teammates.

The website interface was also redesigned a bit, and the release includes many other minor fixed and enhancements.

This was a significant release, so there may be a few hiccups as everything get fully tested. If you notice anything that does not work, or wrong, please report it.

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