ICT student’s AI-based App launches on Google Play Store

by Thembeka Manetje

24 April 2023

When Genius Mhirizhonga, who is enrolled for an Advanced Diploma in Computer Science at the Tshwane University of Technology’s Faculty of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), came to the realization of the globe moving towards AI-based solutions, he felt compelled to put his skills and knowledge to the test to develop an AI-based App called “Portable AI”. The App is currently available for consumers to download on Google Play Store.

Portable AI is an artificial intelligence-powered mobile platform, which helps users by doing boring repetitive tasks. In addition, it can respond to both audio requests and text in a matter of seconds. Basically, the App produces answers, ideas and images as per user request with just the click of a button or via audio command. The App also allows its users to copy and paste responses and share the generated responses to other Apps including emails, as can be seen in the image below:

Genius expressed his gratitude towards lecturers from the Faculty of ICT who have helped to shape him into being a future-ready graduate - he is now able to integrate his programming and AI skills to develop tech-based Apps that could solve real problems faced globally. “The Faculty of ICT is the hub where one is pushed to exceed one’s potential. The skills that we are taught, such as adaptability and critical thinking, really assisted me to reach the stage of not only using technology but being part of those who are making it,” he said.

He describes himself as a passionate, dedicated and focused individual. “I believe that it is good to have great ideas, but I choose to be an executer of smaller ideas. It clearly is in the execution of ideas that humanity moves forward, not only having ideas. I believe that good is not good enough if I can be better and better isn’t better enough if I can be the best”, Genius said. 

His App, called “Portable AI”, can be found on Google play store by using the secure link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.portableai.codeopticals

Genius Mhirizhonga.

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