Chad Barraford, who currently resides in Brookline, Massachusetts, was inspired by the movie Iron Man and decided that he wanted to turn the fictional AI, Jarvis (the speaking AI that allows Tony Stark to monitor his home, workshop, and build his Iron Man armor) into a reality. Using RFID tags, wall speakers, X10 home automation system, xTag wireless microphone, and doing it all using a 4-year-old Mac Mini computer that features built-in speech recognition for $691.98 he did just that.
His digital life assistant (DLA), which he calls “Project Jarvis”, listens and talks to him, monitors his apartment; changes the lighting, AC, and controls his household appliances, and keeps him up-to-date on current events. It gives/sends him real-time weather reports, breaking news, information on his Netflix account, bittorrenting, assistance for cooking, check stock quotes, Facebook notifications, and it even can track his Amazon packages. It can give him notifications about his bills, spending, income, bank fees, unusual spending, etc. Jarvis can also access Chad’s GPS using the Google Latitude service so Jarvis knows where Chad is located.
Not only can he give it commands via Instant Messaging, a remote, or Twitter, but it can also talk back, and recognize Chad’s own voice. This works because of the system that he developed (using the AppleScript programming language) that allows his words to be interpreted through MacSpeech Dictate on his Mac Mini.
Now that you already know all about Project Jarvis, you probably want a DLA yourself. When asked if the product would become available, Chad responded and said that he wanted to develop it to meet his own personal needs, and to create a two-way connection between him and his apartment. He recently stated that he would be releasing Project Jarvis as open source software soon so that it could become developed further by a community of programmers.
So what is Project Jarvis?
Overview of Project Jarvis.
Project Jarvis’s fancy alarm clock and wake up alarm.
Is this the future of personal computers? is Apple going to jump on this and develop their own DLA? is Microsoft? is Google? only time will tell.