What would you do in your free time? Watch TV, surf the web, or probably go out for a walk or go clubbing. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg built himself an AI (Artificial Intelligence) home assistant and interestingly named him Jarvis, which would instantly remind you of the AI assistant from the movie Iron Man. 

 

After an initial post showing how he built Jarvis (you can read it here), Zuckerberg now has a video showing how the home AI assistant actually works. The video shows some of the actual tasks that the home AI assistant can perform like waking up Zuckerberg to turning off the lights. And clearly the assistant is not close the actual Jarvis, but then, Zuckerberg is also no Tony Stark. The video is filled with some fun and goofy moments, and let’s not forget all those attempts at humour.

 

Watch the video below:

 

Now, he is out with another video, but this time, it’s the perspective of his wife Priscilla Chan. Jarvis is voiced by Morgan Freeman, but the original choice seems to have been Arnold Schwarzenegger. She talks about her experiences about how Jarvis only responded to Zuckerberg, turned off lights of rooms she was in and so on.

 

Watch the video below:

 

Well, with Mark Zuckerberg, there is always a purpose for things he does. If you look at the year 2016, AI, speech recognition and neural networks took a centrestage. Tech biggies like Google, Microsoft, Amazon and others gave prominence to these newer, emerging technologies. And clearly, the smart home segment has been around for some time now. It gained recognition when Google bought Nest (known for managing thermostats using Google assistant), but Nest hasn’t been in a great shape after the fiasco with Dropcam, stepping down of Tony Fadell and its inability to build a new strong device. While Samsung and Apple have been doing their bit in the smart home space, there hasn’t been anything concrete yet. A ray of hope was seen with the Amazon Echo speaker that can be controlled using the voice assistant Alexa, and its Google competitor Google Home that did pretty much the same with the Google Assistant.

 

Back home, a smart home concept does exist. Big players like Siemens and Schneider have been working to incorporate these abilities into your home. The Indian startup community has shown interest in this space. For instance, Bangalore-based Inoho is a home automation startup that offers technology to switch on the AC before you get home, turn off lights and so on.  You can control your home in Bangalore, even when you travelling away in London. And, the starter kit is available for as low as Rs 12,000.

 

However, overall, awareness and affordability seem to be the roadblock for this segment. Though it is no more sci-fi, smart homes haven’t managed to go mainstream and still seem at a nascent stage.

 

Zuckerberg’s Jarvis gives us a hope, of sort, to further push the smart homes segment. The CEO talks about improving Jarvis that he has built for iOS, and working on an Android version speak volumes about his future plans. To improve Jarvis and build an app (Android or iOS) that can connect to more devices is nothing but how we could possibly see smart homes in the future and Jarvis simply takes the possibility a notch higher. We would go as far as to say that Smart Homes could become the hottest trend of 2017.