Who Needs iTV? Siri-Controlled Televisions Are Already Here [Video]

Who Needs iTV? Siri-Controlled Televisions Are Already Here [Video]

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.

[via iDownloadBlog]

  • CharliK

    “We’ve been anticipating Apple’s revolutionary new television set, dubbed the “iTV,” 

    Only by people that haven’t been paying attention to the fact that the Apple TV is called the Apple TV because someone else held the trademark to the term iTV and still does

    “since Steve Jobs revealed he had “finally cracked” the TV to his biographer, Walter Isaacson.”

    Actually what he said was that he cracked the interface. That doesn’t equal an actual TV set  

  • Vishnu Konduru

    This is a fake, most probably. Noticed that Siri used “your lazy ass” on more than once. That could not surely have come from Siri servers. And CNN content is “crap”! Come on, there’s something that’s not official about Siri’s responses here.

  • MacGoo

    Unnecessary profanity is unnecessary. Why do so many smart coders always have to wear their immaturity as a badge of pride?

  • sudoash

    Are you for real?

  • TradeGothicBold

    It seems to me that this is just the tip of the iceberg to what it could do.  Maybe asking what time your fav. program comes on, record it for me, play it for me, etc.  With this presentation it just seems to slow, tho I like the little text telling you what is on the channel before changing.

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