Your Own Personal EV Assistant

While watching the brilliant Iron Man films, we can’t be the only ones who want our own version of Tony Stark’s household assistant JARVIS. We think he’s brilliant. The household artificial intelligence can do pretty much anything and carries out these tasks with the perfect mix of humour and contempt.

And while we are just about entering a world where creating one’s own smart home is becoming a reality, it is still something special to see this working in the real world.

Using an off-the-shelf motion tracker and voice recognition system coupled to a computer running some funky code, YouTube user programming4fun has created their own holographic Leaf assistant.

Recognising voice commands the system is able to reproduce all of the standard CarWings functions in a much more interactive way. CarWings, Nissan’s interactive service for use with the Leaf, which is due to remain free for UK owners, provides just the access needed to get something approaching JARVIS for drivers of the family-sized electric car. It allows owners to check on charge status, set climate control and even pre-plan journeys and send them directly to the car’s satnav.

What we find most amazing about this project is the holographic display. This has been produced with a standard computer screen and by just monitoring the viewer’s position in the room compared to the computer the system is able to produce the illusion of a 3D image. Maybe this can be reproduced in cars where the driver is sat in a fixed position, making the whole set up easier?

Brilliant, just brilliant.

What do you think? Is this something you could use? Let us know in the comments below.


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