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Old Rotary Phone Hacked To Play Nice With Siri

By David Ponce

It’s kind of ironic that there seems to be a developing trend of using new technology to breathe new life into really old tech. Like that retro looking cordless handset we wrote about a little while back. And now we hear of a hack that pretty much resuscitates the operators of old. Maker and hacker Davis Remmel took an old rotary phone and made it play nice with Siri. He took a Bluetooth headset, relocated the speaker and microphones to their respective places in the dumbbell receiver and wired the board so that dialing “1” activated Siri. A sticker with the Siri logo in the center of the dial completed the effect. Watch the video, it’s very future-old-timey…

[ Step By Step Rotary Siri Hack ] VIA [ Wired’s Gadget Lab ]

Siri Hacked To Remotely Start A Car

By David Ponce

One enterprising hacker has devised a way to use Siri to start and turn off his car remotely. Here’s how he did it:

I created a new ruby plugin that is used by plamoni’s “Siri Proxy”, a proxy server for Apple’s Siri assistant. This proxy server allows for the creation of custom plugins that can intercept recognized speech and perform virtually any function imaginable (programmable, scriptable).

The “Siri Proxy” plugin I wrote handles interaction with a php script that runs on my web server. The php script, which I developed months ago for personal use, allows me to send commands to my car which has a Viper SmartStart module installed.

Current commands accepted are: “Vehicle Arm”, “Vehicle Disarm”, “Vehicle Start”, “Vehicle Stop”, “Vehicle Pop Trunk”, and “Vehicle Panic”.

–UPDATE: Now it also responds to more conversational commands such as “Start my car”, “Lock my car”, “Pop my trunk”, etc…

The thing is, you clearly still need to have your car starter remote around, so why not just press the button? Clearly this is just a proof of concept and isn’t meant to be a standalone application (even if it had been an unsupported one). But it does make you wonder how things can and most likely will evolve with Siri and voice commands.

[ ] VIA [9to5mac ]

Siri Ported To iPhone 4, Developer Doesn’t Release It

By David Ponce

Yeah, so the iPhone 4S came out a while ago and aside from a faster processor, everyone was pointing to Siri as being the only real improvement over the iPhone 4. Of course, Siri is software and it didn’t take long until hackers figured out how to port Siri over to the previous generation device. That early port was rather useless since the real processing and the brains behind Siri take place on Apple’s servers; these servers only talked to Siri requests coming from an iPhone 4S and nothing else. But now there’s a new port out that has succeeded in getting Apple’s servers talking to other devices. So yeah, Siri obviously works outside of the 4S.

That’s nice to know. Except we can’t get our hands on this yet since whoever developed this has decided not to release the port. It was more of a proof of concept.

Fear not Internauts, this is the interconnected tubes and it’s only a matter of time until others walk in these footprints and take away the most and only compelling reason to upgrade from an iPhone 4.

VIA [ UberGizmo ]

Shit Siri Says

By David Ponce

Well it’s nice that the folks at Apple are developing a sense of humor. No sooner is Siri released to the wild masses that we start hearing reports of some of the strange things being asked of her (it?), but more importantly of the awesome responses she’s got for these. To the statement “Open the pod bay doors”, Siri responds “I’m afraid I can’t do that [your name]. Are you happy now?” This is a reference (in case you’re too young/live under rock) to the movie 2001 Space Odyssey. To “What is the meaning of life?” she responds, rightly, “42”. When asked “Do I make you horny”, you’re presented with a list of local escort agencies.

Favorite so far? “Who’s your daddy”, which elicits “You are. Can we get back to work now?”

Clearly this is somewhat of a departure for Apple engineers, famously prudish in the past (just think how hard it is to use swear words…).

For more of these, check out the link below on Joshua Topolsky’s ThisIsMyNext.

[ Shit Siri Says ] VIA [ Wired’s Gadget Lab ]