For long term tolerability of a talking computer character, it MUST be interrupt-able. If it isn’t, and that agent talks while you are on an important phone call, or talks while your boss is trying to talk to you, that is maddening.
The talking moose has always been interrupt-able, which I call “SHHing the moose”. In the modern 3D revival of the talking moose, the SHHH mouse gesture is a quick horizontal wiggle of the mouse.
Having seen how well and easily the Moose is SHHed, ask yourself, are any of the other talking characters that are compared in my other videos, interruptable? Answer: No.
Interruptabilty is a key feature for long term acceptability of a talking agent on a computer or mobile device. At least the talking GPS voice in my car (Jaguar XJL), is interrupt-able by a button on the steering wheel.) Yay Jaguar. Yay ‘free’ Moose.
Get out of the way
Another key feature is ‘Getting out of the way’. It’s part of the Don’t be annoying skillset. The Moose jumps to a different corner of the screen, whenever the mouse comes close.
It’s odd at first, but soon greatly appreciated, that the moose never blocks your view of your work. And later it becomes kind of fun, to chase the mouse around the screen, with the mouse. On multi-monitor screens, it can visit all the possible corners of each monitor.
Here’s another animated gif, illustrating that the Moose moves from corner to corner, always staying out of the way of where you are working