Virtual newscasters are now available for hire following the launch of NewsBots - an innovative combination of news, speech and avatar technology - from Birmingham chatbot specialists Advanced Chatbot Solutions (ACS).
When a visitor lands on a NewsBot-enabled home page they are greeted by a talking virtual newsreader who can brief them on a company's latest news stories and announcements.
The NewsBot is a Flash application, and as a result will work on most PCs without any need to download new software. Since NewsBots use automated news feeds there is no need to ever programme the NewsBot directly - if the web site is updated then the newscast gets updated as well.
ACS managing director David Burden said: "NewsBots are a great way to catch a visitor's attention, and to make web sites more memorable - all of which helps drive traffic and ultimately sales." News-Bots have been designed to capitalise on the growing use of news syndication standards such as RSS, RDF and ATOM.
Most content management systems, from simple blogging tools to enterprise solutions provide these feeds. Many web sites, including most major media organisations, are already making the feeds available as computer text for visitors to use - but most people do not know what the feeds are.
NewsBots let web site owners exploit this technology investment by using the same feeds to drive a virtual news reader who can inform and entertain.