Siri Can Now Start Your Car
iPhone 4S is simply the most innovative iPhone release ever not because of some hardware improvements, but because of being the first iPhone ever to have Siri on it. Ever since the release of iPhone 4S, the developer community is hard at work to make Siri do a lot of other things that are still not possible with the stock iPhone. And naturally these efforts are paying dividends. Siri can now control third party apps and even open car doors thanks to a clever use of Siri proxy. In case you missed it earlier, an iPhone hacker has created SiriProxy to control a thermostat after which he open sourced the Siri Proxy code for other hackers.
The SiriProxy comes between your iPhone 4S and Apple’s servers and intercepts Siri voice commands. This inter-mediation enables Siri proxy to instruct Siri to perform additional tasks that are currently not coded and deployed in Apple’s servers.
Since the code for Siri Proxy is open source, other developers have also started using it to do unique and wonderful things. We now have an example of two Siri hacks. The first video shows a developer using the SiriProxy to work alongside his cars Viper system. According to the developer:
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”.
In the second video Siri has been demonstrated to be used with third party apps. The developer in the second video is showing us how Siri can be used to control a PDF application in the same way.
FastPdfKit Reader is manipulated by various commands with SiriProxy acting in the middle. A plugin is used to add new commands to the ones recognized by Siri, and finally, the proxy then sends the final commands to the app
These videos clearly demonstrate the immense future potential of Siri and provides a glimpse of what Siri could be made to do.