Building humane machines.

We are a product design firm specializing in conversational interfaces and avatars.

In other words, we design and build products which are capable of understanding and responding to human speech. We do this by crafting conversational characters who act as an interface.

Why that’s good for our customers

  • Simple to use

    Users don’t need to find menus, learn key commands, or even tap.

  • Powerful task completion

    The conversational model allows the system to understand complex instructions spoken in plain speech.

  • Embodies AI / NL systems

    The user experience of NL (natural language) systems is personality, and avatars are the user interface. Our characters use speech and animation to provide contextually and emotionally appropriate responses to human input.

  • Rich data collection

    People’s actions are better predicted in the context of their feelings and attitudes than through text alone. We capture users’ tone of voice, facial expression, body language, and nuances of word choice.

How it works

Understand what was  said and felt

Language, Tone, and Sentiment analysis

Find and communicate an answer

Botanic ACTR, ChatScript, IBM Watson, Wolfram Alpha

Act on that answer

Media Tuners MT1, Blockchain Transactions

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Our team

Mark Stephen Meadows – President of Botanic

Taylor Laubach – UX Director

Xavier Valarino – UX Researcher

Robyn Ewing – Conversation Designer

Ryann Wahl – Dialogue Designer

Marcos Cevasco – Modeler / Animator

Eduardo Polidor – Engineer

Our Process

  1. Understand our client’s goals.
  2. Learn their space.
  3. Meet their customers.
  4. Determine a solution.
  5. Build a prototype. Test it. Repeat.

Contact us

2340 Powell St, #286
Emeryville, CA 94608

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