3D Pal Virtual Assistant – cool app to use any photo & transform into a 3D Siri
Dec 27, 2013 6:32 PM –
3D Pal Virtual Assistant aims to be a customizable 3D version of Siri. Add personality to your voice assistant by adding a photo and it comes alive- speaking back to you and performing commands.
Price: Free, $2.99
Tested on: Samsung Galaxy S4
Pros & Cons:
- Customizable virtual assistant!
- Use photo of any person and transform them into a 3D character!
- Loaded with features to try!
- Choose from many different voice options!
- Terrible user interface and user experience.
- Novel app good for showing off but not ideal for productive practical use.
3D Pal (3D Siri) allows you to take a photo and transform it into a moving, blinking and speaking voice assistant! Use a photo of yourself, loved ones or even celebrities. You do so by tapping the gallery icon on the lower row and choose to either take a picture or choose one from your photo gallery. Use portraits as they work the best for this app. Once complete the 3D avatar will have virtual life. You can slide your finger on the screen and it will look towards your touch. On a side note, I personally wish the teeth can be customized as they are very yellow and stand out odd while the assistant speaks. You can, however, customize with props like wigs, mustaches and glasses. This app is very reminiscent of another I video reviewed eons ago called PhotoSpeak.
There are a slew of voice accents to choose from; i.e. Australian English or U.S. English- plus choose many other languages or sex. Be sure to change from the Default TTS voice as it’s that bland robotic sounding voice. As soon as you open the app it speaks to greet you and opens the Google voice prompt to listen for your voice commands, or you can opt to type them.
If you become unsure what you can ask there is an App Guide of voice commands in the menu located on the bottom row of icons. Here is a list of common voice commands:
- Set alarm
- Book flight/hotel (rather open links)
- Calculation (rather open calculator)
- Change virtual assistant’s name
- Convert currency (rather open Google in mini browser for conversion)
- General & image search (much of this app depends on searching Google in a mini browser)
- Launch apps
- Read News
- Call, text or email a contact
- Update calendar
- Update social media
- Get weather
It’s an excellent idea just not visualized and executed well…
I’ve found the app to be novel and good for showing off to friends but not ideal for productive practical use. Meaning, it’s good for opening bookmarks to webpages, apps, and social sites. However, it really does not have polish like Siri, S Voice or Google Now. For example, the format of some verbal responses are way too lengthy like when you ask for the weather. Or if you ask it to do a math calculation it opens a calculator and request you do the computation yourself. Asking it to search nearby brings back geo-irrelevant results and many of the web dependent responses simply open a mini web browser rather than sending you to your full browser. And at times it cannot understand your requests. There are many examples of the app just not delivering a fluid experience and requires too much conforming your voice requests to get it to work decently.
Lastly, the user interface and user experience are pretty bad. The color palette, icons, and navigation could really benefit from a UI/UE designer’s professional touch.
Watch on Mobile
3D Pal Virtual Assistant- Personal Assistant
3D Pal Virtual Assistant – Voice Input
3D Pal Virtual Assistant – Results
3D Pal Virtual Assistant – Messing Around with Customization
3D Pal Virtual Assistant – Customize as Brad Pitt
3D Pal Virtual Assistant – Customize as Antonio Wells
3D Pal Virtual Assistant – Calculation Opens a Calc versus Solving
3D Pal Virtual Assistant – Options
3D Pal Virtual Assistant – Search Results in Browser
3D Pal Virtual Assistant – Help Guide
3D Pal Virtual Assistant – Settings
3D Pal Virtual Assistant – Settings 2
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