Virtual Human Mobile Apps

Goals

To provide examples of current mobile app providers using virtual humans to provide therapeutic, mental wellness, or other types of services.

Early Findings

There does not seem to be a lot of information regarding mobile app providers using "virtual humans." However, we have identified a few, including mobile apps that provide therapeutic, mental wellness, or other services using AI-powered chatbots.

Virtual Human/AI-Powered Mobile Apps

  • Virtual humans are a part of virtual reality (VR) technology simulation being developed and adopted into several systems. Virtual humans are typically equipped with relevant social skills such as mimicry, gestures, and active listening features to increase user connection and engagement.
  • Studies revealed that the adoption of virtual humans into applications makes users more willing to disclose personal information. Users typically feel safer and exempt from judgment.
  • Some examples of virtual human/AI-powered mobile apps include Happify, iHeartU, Youper, Replika, and Wysa,

Happify

  • Happify uses an AI-powered digital coach called Anna to address mental health by hosting interactive games and exercises.
  • "Anna listens to the existence of various psychological cues, and in turn responds by asking questions that guide the user towards maximized health outcomes, while also expressing curiosity and increasing engagement."

iHeartU

Youper

  • Youper is an AI-powered emotional health assistant that utilizes cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), mindfulness, and other scientific approaches to monitor and improve the emotional health of users.

Replika

  • Replika is an AI-powered chatbot companion that helps to improve a user's personality, state of mind, and anxiety.

Wysa

  • Wysa is an "AI-based, emotionally intelligent bot, and virtual coach" that uses evidence-based CBT, meditation, yoga, and various other methods to help users build mental resilience skills and improve wellness based on the emotions they express.

Summary

  • There are not very many mobile apps that reference the use of "virtual human" services. However, some mobile apps utilize emotional intelligence (EI) and AI-powered bots to provide engaging services to users.
  • Images of the apps are available here.

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