Today Siri Was Hacked To Control A Thermostat, But Tomorrow Siri Will Control Every Gadget In Your Life

Last week, we reported that French developer Applidium had managed to blow the Siri protocol wide open, making it possible for any internet connected device to dial into Apple’s Siri servers and get a response.

Any internet connected device? Pshaw, you might scoff. But one week later, we have the proof: a hacker who has tricked Siri into talking with his internet-connected thermostat!

The developer, known only by his Twitter handle Plamoni, managed this feat by using Applidium’s hack to come up with a Siri proxy server, which he then programmed with custom commands allowing his iPhone 4S to send custom commands to his indoor wireless thermostat, including the ability to report the thermostat’s status, set the temperature and turn the heat on and off.

Since there’s no working iPhone 4S jailbreak yet, needless to say Plamoni’s technique works on a stock iPhone 4S. In fact, if you’ve got the developer smarts, you can even download the source code and get it running locally.

I think what is most interesting to me about this is that it really shows Siri’s already impressive abilities are just the beginning. What Apple ultimately envisions is a way to use our iPhones to intelligently control, manage and maintain our entire lives: from telling your car to warm itself up on a cold winter’s morning while you’re still in bed to telling your AppleTV to start streaming the latest episode of Dexter. If Apple’s smart, they will license Siri to all sorts of device makers over the next few years, allowing you to pair any internet connected device to your iPhone and send it commands. When that happens, get ready for the real voice revolution.

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  • IV

    And that is when SkyNet will take over.

  • gareth edwards

    this is where steve was going, no doubt about it. Get it on the phone, integrate it into the TV, tie up the entire home/work environment.

  • John_woo

    This is great coz i have found siri

  • MacNews1

    I hope Siri will finally open the pod bay doors for me…

  • Julio Hartstein

    Very cool… I would love to get this to work with my internet enabled wireless thermostat too. I have three Ecobees at home… now who is going to post the how-to-guide?

  • Roy Lin

    This is really cool. Great job guys! :)

  • Jay

    I smell bullshit

  • cadsii

    check out some of my works from last night
    I just programmed a SiriProxy plugin allowing Siri to control my iTunes on my iMac :)

    Video is listed on my youtube channel and on my website, http://www.jailbreakmatrix.com, on the front page.

    more coming i love this bypassing and adding your own commands thing :):):)

    My Siri plugin that is under development, allows me to pick and chose music from my iMac’s iTunes library using Siri on my

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