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Iron Man Fanatic Builds His Own JARVIS

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 27 comments

An Iron Man fan has built himself his own personal JARVIS that can keep track of his Netflix and cook him dinner.

Like a lot of us, Chad Barraford watched Iron Man and lusted after a home-helper just like JARVIS. But, unlike most people, Chad decided making his own JARVIS couldn't be that difficult. Using a four-year-old old Mac Mini with built in speech recognition, Barraford managed to create a 'digital life assistant' that greets him by name when he gets home; tells him the how long he's been gone and lists the temperature of the house. It can also turn on and off lights; recognize his close friend Meaghan; tell whether the dog is inside or outside and can keep him updated about Facebook notifications, breaking news and FedEx Shipments.

It doesn't end either. Chad sometimes gets bad migraines. If he notifies JARVIS via text message on the way home, the lights in his house will be dimmed, his boss will be informed and there'll be a Facebook status notifying his friends list that he's not well.

The whole thing cost Barraford under $700 to make, including wall speakers and an xTag wireless microphone. You might expect someone with a homemade setup like this to be lusting after something more high tech and expensive that's purpose-built, but Chad is happy with his own make-shift system.

"I’m not a big fan of most of those technologies anyway. They’re overly expensive and clumsy to use," Barraford told Boston.com, adding that his DLA isn't about home automation; it's about home integration.

Check out the introduction to JARVIS below. More videos showing off JARVIS' talents are available on Chad's YouTube channel or on the Project Jarvis Website.

Introduction to JARVIS

And here's a bonus video of an Iron Man 2 trailer:

Iron Man 2 Trailer (2)

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    mrddr6 , April 7, 2010 8:38 PM
    Thats the first time that I have ever heard of a good use of a Mac.
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    kelemvor4 , April 7, 2010 10:02 PM
    aletoilBetter not let Job's hear about this. Might take old Chad on a drive to "Harness" his skills. Next video we see of Chad is "Igotrippedoff."

    LOL
    I think it's more likely that apple would send this guy a cease and desist then sue for violating the license agreement as this was not a preapproved use for a mac.
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    mrddr6 , April 7, 2010 8:38 PM
    Thats the first time that I have ever heard of a good use of a Mac.
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    sliem , April 7, 2010 9:05 PM
    Unfortunately the vid tells very little, so you have to go to the website. I was hoping some kind of demo right there.
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    aletoil , April 7, 2010 9:07 PM
    Better not let Job's hear about this. Might take old Chad on a drive to "Harness" his skills. Next video we see of Chad is "Igotrippedoff."
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    schmich , April 7, 2010 9:26 PM
    He should work on this with Linuxmce instead, it already has the whole platform done :/ 
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 9:46 PM
    You know, it doesn't really seem that impressive. I admire the guy. It just goes to show you that a little bit of effort goes a loooong way. News ads and god knows who else is talking about including a news alert on the front page of Tom's Hardware is SURE to get him seen!
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    Lutfij , April 7, 2010 10:00 PM
    Hats off for even trying to do such a thing!
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    kelemvor4 , April 7, 2010 10:02 PM
    aletoilBetter not let Job's hear about this. Might take old Chad on a drive to "Harness" his skills. Next video we see of Chad is "Igotrippedoff."

    LOL
    I think it's more likely that apple would send this guy a cease and desist then sue for violating the license agreement as this was not a preapproved use for a mac.
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    Camikazi , April 7, 2010 10:07 PM
    mlopinto2k1That's just downright negative. Shame on you!

    Reread their comment, says "This is the first time that I have ever..." Notice the I, meaning in their experience, which might be true (doubtful but possible). If they would have posted " This is the first time a Mac has been put to good use" then it would be a lie, but the way they said it could actually be true to them. Then again, I think they were being sarcastic :p 
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    B-Unit , April 7, 2010 10:10 PM
    kelemvor4LOLI think it's more likely that apple would send this guy a cease and desist then sue for violating the license agreement as this was not a preapproved use for a mac.


    Too true. Its only 'innovative' if Steve thinks of it.
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    goodguy713 , April 7, 2010 10:34 PM
    lol at least he used a mac and not a sheep pc..
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    husker , April 7, 2010 10:39 PM
    This is the ultimate direction that I see microsoft's "natal" going. Once it is lifted out of the xBox and placed in a PC, natal could be a smooth interface for home integration.
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    Gin Fushicho , April 7, 2010 11:13 PM
    People will pay for this software. I will pay for this software. even if I need to buy more hardware. to me it is worth it, and over time this could be made to act as security as well.
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    knowom , April 7, 2010 11:18 PM
    mrddr6Thats the first time that I have ever heard of a good use of a Mac.
    That's gotta be the funnest thing I've read this week. I think a lot of people share that sentiment towards Apple except Steve Jobs army of zombies.
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 11:52 PM
    CamikaziReread their comment, says "This is the first time that I have ever..." Notice the I, meaning in their experience, which might be true (doubtful but possible). If they would have posted " This is the first time a Mac has been put to good use" then it would be a lie, but the way they said it could actually be true to them. Then again, I think they were being sarcastic
    Yea well, you forgot the part where he says HEARD.
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    Ehsan w , April 7, 2010 11:54 PM
    I bet it could be 300-400 dollars if he used a pc :p 
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    mlopinto2k1 , April 7, 2010 11:54 PM
    knowomThat's gotta be the funnest thing I've read this week. I think a lot of people share that sentiment towards Apple except Steve Jobs army of zombies.
    I am by no means a MacFanatic but I suppose the Armies and Legions of the media industry are Zombies as well? Nice try. They make sh!tloads of cash and laugh at these remarks. No really, they laugh their a$$'s off.
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    shin0bi272 , April 8, 2010 12:13 AM
    congratulations youve invented the smart house. Oh wait....
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    borisof007 , April 8, 2010 12:16 AM
    Well, at least they can't call it iHome or iPad.
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    jednx01 , April 8, 2010 2:28 AM
    That's pretty cool actually...
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