A graphical representation of an interface element, tutorial or artificial intelligence. Microsoft Office's "Clippy" is an infamous example.

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Do embodied agents improve usability?

When you search a web site from outside using a search engine and having the addendum site:mysite.com you have a good chance to find what you want. At least you get close to what you want to find and ...
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Improving the UX of Clippy

Some 10 years ago, Microsoft tried to introduce a personal assistant for his Office suite, Clippy, in order to help their users discover new features. Even if there seem to be people that like it (MS ...