Ever wondered what it would be like to step into Tony Stark aka Iron Man's shoes? Well, now you can find out for yourself. Imagine a new operating system (OS) for your computer that can tweet for you, compile research reports, answer your queries and operate electrical appliances through voice commands.
Two young entrepreneurs - Chiragh Dewan and Himanshu Vaishnav - have come up with a new augmented reality-based OS called Jarvis that can perform all these activities on a computer without the user having to touch the keyboard or the mouse.
What is Jarvis?
Jarvis, which stands for 'just a rather very intelligent system' (a technology used in the Iron Man movie series), is a life automation system based on artificial intelligence that is capable of accessing the internet to handle all your questions and requests. It can also work as a smart media server for all the appliances in your home to keep you connected and updated, from anywhere in the world, as well as control those appliances and electronic devices.
"Unlike traditional systems such as Linux or Windows, Jarvis gives full control of the entire system to the user. A user can interact with the computer just like interacting with another person, and it will respond to the commands," said Dewan, who co-founded the New Delhi-based company along with Vaishnav, with contributions from his friend and engineering student Mayur Singh, in May 2013.
Dewan (COO) holds a diploma in Cyber Law and is a certified ethical hacker and computer hacking forensic investigator. He earlier worked on many freelance projects on web development, cyber security and computer forensics. Vaishnav (CTO) is a computer science student as well as a freelancer developer, and specialises in system design, user interaction, artificial intelligence (AI), natural language processing and machine learning.
Should Iron Man worry?
The most important feature of Jarvis is that it can be used to control everything through voice recognition. For instance, if you ask Jarvis 'what is the best mobile phone in the world', the OS—with its custom Google Search feature—can get you all relevant details immediately. And if it is unable to find the details you requested, it will ask you to search for the same on the internet. Also, if you ask Jarvis to prepare a report on a specific topic, it will prepare the same in a separate document in a short time. Interestingly, the OS can also recognise slang. If one uses the same slang very often, over a period of time Jarvis will recognise it and it will react accordingly.
"We have pre-embedded a Tweet button to enable the OS to post Tweets on the user's behalf. The Jarvis system is also well connected to all the digital and electronic appliances of your surroundings and can be used to manage power, social media, multimedia and entertainment," claimed Dewan.
Currently on the development stage, the company expects to launch the OS within 12-18 months. Initially, it will target the individual user community to distribute the product, and will later partner with original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) to pre-embed the OS to cater to the enterprise segment.
Product pricing and funding plans
According to Dewan, Jarvis has already received more than 3,500 product requests from across the globe. "We have not fixed a price for our product. All I can say is that it would be cheaper than the current operating systems including Mac, Windows, etc."
He claims that the company had received a $2 million funding offer from an angel investor, but declined. "We are very selective about the people we want to work with. We are looking for people who have great vision and can add value to our business. Currently, we are in talks with three VC firms and two angel investors to raise more than $2 million which will be used to further develop the product. We hope to close this round by July-August 2014."
(Edited by Joby Puthuparampil Johnson)