The Birmingham company Daden has a interesting focus and on-site widgets. They deal in consultancy about virtual worlds (Second Life, et al) and can also craft virtual personalities for you, such as speaking chatbots. Halo seems to be the main sample chatbot (created with Vhost‘s SitePal service), and she appears in front of backdrop featuring the new Bull Ring and the Rotunda…

Halo, chatbot by Daden

Ask her about her home city, and she’ll praise Birmingham for the cool nightlife and art galleries. I get a Halo who speaks excellent female-British English, but that could be because I have Windows Vista which is packed with new text-to-speech stuff. Don’t blame me if you get a Halo who sounds like Steven Hawking!