We’ve been anticipating Apple’s revolutionary new television set, dubbed the “iTV,” since Steve Jobs revealed he had “finally cracked” the TV to his biographer, Walter Isaacson. What we’re most excited about is its rumored Siri integration, but you don’t need to wait until Apple’s set is launched to get a Siri-controlled TV — it’s already here.Hackers have been using custom proxy servers to make Siri do all sorts of weird and wonderful things for a number of weeks now. We’ve seen the digital assistant control home thermostats, computers, and even cars. The latest tweak from Todd Treece allows Siri to control your TV, and it does a pretty darn good job of it, too.
Todd created his hack using the Arduino platform and the same SiriProxy used in previous hacks, and the clip below shows it in action:
As you can see, Siri does a terrific job of controlling your TV, even if she does get a little offensive at the same time.
The hack demonstrates just how useful Siri integration would be with a TV set, and how much easier it would be to flick through channels using nothing but your voice.
While many feel that the novelty of Siri has now worn off, and that the feature won’t become as popular as initially anticipated, I believe these third-party hacks show what the Apple’s assistant is really capable of, and how useful it could be in the future.