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Intel's Jarvis headset will take on Apple's Siri and Google Glass by working offline

Won't rely on the cloud to serve answers, thus speeding responses
Tue Jan 28 2014, 11:47
Intel Jarvis Bluetooth headset

CHIPMAKER Intel made its first foray into the wearables market at CES earlier this month by unveiling its own smartwatch and a Bluetooth headset device along with the SD card sized Edison chip.

Now it has emerged that Intel wants the headset, which it has named Jarvis, to work in all conditions, both online and offline, with the artificial intelligence working without an internet connection.

The Bluetooth headset will challenge Apple's Siri and Google Glass, as the wearable device listens to voice commands and acts upon them. The offline mode will see Intel doing something that Google Glass and Apple's Siri can't.

"How annoying is it when you're in Yosemite and your personal assistant doesn't work because you can't get a wireless connection?" Intel head of wearables Mike Bell told Quartz. "It's fine if [voice recognition systems] can't make a dinner reservation because the phone can't get to the cloud.

"But why can't it get me Google Maps on the phone or turn off the volume?"

According to Bell, Jarvis will use Intel's new Edison chip to do all the language processing right behind the ear instead of relying on the cloud to serve answers, thus speeding up responses.

Intel hasn't given any hint of a release date for the Jarvis, but Bell said that the chipmaker is working to sell its voice recognition technology to smartphone makers to be integrated into future handsets.

The Edison PC is a tiny chip destined for wearable devices. Intel CEO Brian Krzanich unveiled the device during his keynote speech at CES in Las Vegas earlier this month, boasting that the tiny device is in fact a Pentium class PC powered by a dual-core Quark system on chip (SoC).

The Edison chip runs Linux, and despite its size, has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth modules. The device can also connect to its own app store, Krzanich boasted, adding that he hopes developers will snap up the Edison chip to build the next generation of wearable connected devices. µ


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