Most people have seen the Iron Man movies, and for those of you who wanted your own J.A.R.V.I.S ie, a robot butler to cater to your every need, computer scientists have decided to grant your wish in the form of the following programs:

Amazon Echo

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The older, more established version of the smart speaker, Amazon Echo was developed by Amazon.com in the form of a tall, cylindrical speaker device with a seven piece microphone array. The device, which responds to the name Alexa, Amazon or Echo, is capable of speaking directly to the user in a manner which mimics a normal conversation between two human beings. Based on the instructions of the user, the device can carry out a number of tasks.

Let’s look more closely

1. Answering questions by making using of the internet to seek information.

2. Creating a list of tasks to be done by the user, and perform reminders at proper times.

3. Setting alarms to warn the user of an appointment or any other reminder it’s been programmed to.

4. Downloading podcasts from the internet and playing them for the user.

5. Downloading and playing audiobooks following a command.

6. Providing real-time information for the user on a variety of topics such as the weather and traffic.

In addition, Alexa provides a skills kit which can be used by third party developers to add to Alexa’s capabilities, allowing the device to perform additional tasks including the ability to play music, order food, book a cab or answer user-specific questions.

Google Home

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Another option for those of you who wanted your own J.A.R.V.I.S, Google launched its own smart speaker service in the form of Google Home. Shorter and rounder in appearance, the device has been on the market since November 4, and has enjoyed great popularity in that time.

While Google Home targets the same demographic as Alexa and carries many of the same functions, it would be more conducive to a proper comparison to talk about what Google Home does differently than Alexa.

Google Home is capable of performing the following functions that Alexa cannot.

Functionality of Google Home

1. As a fallback option in case the voice activation doesn’t work, touch controls on top of the Google Home speaker can be used to manually change the volume, trigger voice assistance and more.

2. It can also play music that is available on Google Play Music, provided you have access to wifi.

3. Context-based song searches mean that the songs that you can’t remember the title to can be found by supplying relevant information, such as the name of the artist and any movies where the song was played.

4. It can act as an audio receiver, which means that the device can be used as a regular speaker for playing music or movies on your mobile. This means Google Home can also double as a speaker when you need it to.

5. You can send information to the phone, since the same AI is adapted to Google Home and Google Assistant on your mobile, and the two can interact closely to provide a better user experience.

6. You can also send information to the television by using its software. This means that commands to Google Home can be used to control the content you see on your television.

7. Color customization is available in the form of seven base colors allows you to choose the look of the device.

So for those of you who wanted your own J.A.R.V.I.S, these two options will go a long way towards making your daily chores easier and life more enjoyable.