The name Jarvis - or J.A.R.V.I.S. - may ring a bell in your head. In the Marvel universe, it is Iron Man's artificially intelligent computer. Named after Tony Stark's irreplaceable helper, Intel's smart Bluetooth earpiece hopes to turn the rising world of wearable technology upside down.
We have to give it to Intel - a prototype of Jarvis that was first revealed at CES earlier this month looked very promising. Basically, Jarvis is a virtual assistant encased in a Bluetooth earpiece. It is equipped with a powerful processor, a speaker, a pair of microphones and a day-long battery. Unlike Google Glass, it has no camera, but makes up for it with a surprisingly capable software.
Jarvis does not require an Internet access to pick up your commands. The earpiece can create calendar appointments, set timers, play music, adjust settings and even open apps such as Google Maps. Additionally, Jarvis can be charged wirelessly. When you come home, you don't have to look for a cord to plug it in. Instead, you drop it into a wireless-charging bowl, like you'd do with a set of keys.
Jarvis is not a final product. Intel plans to licence it to smartphone manufacturers, so when we'll see it hit the market, it will probably look very different. But even at its current form it looks impressive and is a glance at what the future of technology may be like.