Apple’s voice recognition assistant, Siri, has been something of a revelation for iPhone 4S users. It helps us call people, search for things, and find the answers to some of life’s most pressing questions.
It is easily the best part of Apple’s latest iPhone (but let’s face it, that wasn’t going to be hard), and has been providing endless entertainment. Check out our Siri funnies for our pick of some of the best Siri funny responses.
But aside from helping people solve the meaning of life, hide a dead body or find a restaurant, Siri has proved a Godsend for tech whizzes.
Last month, we reported that hackers in the US had taken Siri to the next level, following the release of an instruction manual that explains how to get inside the software.
First off, web developer Pete Lamonica hacked into Siri to make it control his house’s thermostat. Using a proxy server, Lamonica was able to check the thermostat’s status and change the temperature with his iPhone.
The next hack was even more impressive, with Siri going as far as starting a car. Developer Brian Fiquett used the same proxy as Lamonica to create a plug-in that interacts with his car’s SmartStart software.
Using his iPhone, Fiquett is able to unlock the car, start the engine, open the boot and even sound the alarm.
Now Siri is getting all creative, and has learnt to play the piano. Tech developers at Yamaha have created a Siri hack that lets it connect with a digital piano and play songs.
The hack was developed by Yamaha to promote its new range of Disklavier digital pianos. Using Apple’s Airplay technology, Siri sends a track over Wi-Fi to the piano which then uses the keys and peddles to play the song.
The impressive hack relies on special music files that contain MIDI signals – the format that digital pianos understand – to play the tracks.