Iron Man’s Jarvis comes to life with Chad Barraford’s Digital Life Assistant
by Mark R
Some of you might remember in Iron Man how Tony Stark had a computer program named Jarvis that was responsible for running the operations of his home. It was a clear tip of the hat to Edwin Jarvis, a butler for the super-hero team the Avengers from Marvel comics.
Chad Barraford must have really liked the Iron Man film, as he created his own version of Jarvis. He used a 4-year-old Mac mini, and linked just about everything in his home from home lighting to even his George Foreman grill.
In Iron Man, Tony Stark was able to interact with Jarvis with his voice, desktop computers, or control pads on the walls. Barraford controls his Jarvis with a remote control along with a wireless mic and the Mac’s built-in speech recognition software.
Barraford’s Jarvis has a security system that is dependent on RFID tags. Chad gives his friends tags that can fit on a keychain, and even his dog. This lets Jarvis know who is in the house, so it doesn’t unintentionally give away certain information when it discusses his Facebook or bank status.
Chad Barraford started the Jarvis project about a year ago, and it cost him less than $700 in electronics. He hopes to commercialize Jarvis, but I’m guessing that Marvel comics will want him to change the name. I guess what is important is that he can make any home a smart home.