It’s true that Cortana is one of the spotlight features of Windows that would be pretty difficult to eclipse. It’s also true that other digital assistants, while entertaining, fail to really keep people coming back for more.
DataBot includes quite a few build in features, such as the ability to quickly identify what’s being discussed and create customized multimedia presentations using voice, text and images and answer specific questions on those subjects. Databot can even create summarizing pages containing: your answer, related details, materials, search services, and web links for additional information that can then be shared on your favorite social networks, text, or email. The app can be customized to fit your favorite language, voice, and even behavior.
What’s interesting about DataBot, though, is not necessariy what’s already build in, but what can be added by way of in-app upgrades that come in both free and for-purchase flavors. While you’re using DataBot, it can gain experience, which acts as an alternative method to obtain upgrades.
A growing list of upgrades available include:
- DICTIONARY Module: provides you etimology, meaning, synonyms and antonyms of required words looking in dictionary.
- HOROSCOPE: tells you daily horoscope.
- SECRETARY MODULE: shopping list, reminders, appointments, alarm clocks
- THEMATIC Module (8): it creates presentations, quickly identifies, does web search and answers to specific questions or requests about: FAMOUS PEOPLE, FICTIONAL CHARACTERS, MOVIES AND TV SERIES CITY, NATIONS, FOOTBALL CLUB AND NATIONAL FOOTBALL, FAMOUS BOOKS.
- JOKE Module : tells funny jokes, questions, jokes men vs. women, jokes Chuck Norris and funny insults to use with friends.
- NEWS Module: read the latest news on topics of your interest: the world economy, cinema, sport and much more. RSS reader is completely configurable.
- BRAIN TRAIN Module: train your mind every day with math exercises, sight and memory.
- SOUNDS Module: plays sounds from a list where you can choose: humans sounds, animal sounds, weapons sounds, impacts sounds.
- RIDDLE Module: entertains you with riddles, math riddles, logic riddles with suggestions and solutions.
- QUOTE Module: searches quotes about the subject required or random quotes
- BASE Module: provides you information, helps, tutorial, speech dialogue, random topic, presentations and identifications, flash light, countdown, stopwatch, chat.
I haven’t had much time to play with DataBot, but so far it’s proven to be quite entertaining as well as useful in a variety of tasks, though it does lack the personality and many features of Cortana that I’ve come to love so much (to be fair, it clearly wasn’t meant as a replacement for her). Still, if you’re looking for something a little different from Microsoft’s sassy digital assistant, DataBot so far doesn’t seem to disappoint. And, hey, it works for Windows Phone 8.0 too.
Download DataBot via the QR code in this article to try it out for yourself. Leave your thoughts on the application in the comments!