Siri hacked to control thermostat, mind-boggling possibilities

 

By Posted 21 Nov 2011, 14:51

When Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S and iOS 5 the most impressive new feature was undoubtedly Siri. Despite still being in its beta stages people have been blown away by the personal assistant which is built into the shiny new device, but at the back of our minds we are all wondering just what the future holds.

One clever programmer has managed to create a proxy for Siri and enabled it to control his WiFi thermostat. He can simply say “what’s the temperature inside” and Siri instantly tells him the temperature according to his thermostat, he can also say “give me the status of the thermostat” and Siri tells him the current temperature, the temperature where the heater will engage and whether the heater is currently engaged. What’s most impressive is that he can say “set the thermostat to (whatever temperature he desires)” – Siri will then change the thermostat settings for him.

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Now there is always a chance that this is in fact a hoax, but we have no reason to believe it is, also the video appears to show the thermostat’s display changing when Siri is asked to change the settings – the image below shows this, or you can watch the full video at the end of this post.

The most important thing about this hack (if you can call it that) is the fact that it opens up the possibilities for lots of other functions, any WiFi connected device could potentially be accessed and controlled by Siri (assuming the device allows this sort of control), it is just heavily dependant on the development of the Siri proxy. These days there’s a long-list of internet-enabled device and appliances making their way into houses around the world, perhaps Siri could be what ties these altogether. Here’s just some examples of Siri commands and questions we could use in the future.

What’s in my fridge?
Who is at my door?
Run me a bath at 80 degrees.
Record tonight’s X Factor.
Water the plants.

You can find out more about the Siri proxy here, below you can see the video for yourself, pretty neat, eh?