The finished demo spanned both an iPhone and an iPad, with the user launching the application on both devices. The two would then invisibly connect via Bluetooth, with the VPA floating in space awaiting a command on the primary iPad. When the user asks a question, for instance – asking for the state of the vehicle’s tyre pressure – our avatar jumps into life, first thinking, and then animating around a render of a vehicle to show the state of each tyre.
We created a string of unique animations for tasks such as weather and GPS requests, allowing us to show the avatar moving in real time. Finally, pick up the iPhone and walk away from the iPad and our Avatar neatly disappears from the larger interface, bouncing into life on the small screen ready to serve once again.