Siri can now control third party apps and even start your car via SiriProxy [video]

Siri can now control third party apps and even open cars thanks to clever developers and the SiriProxy. In case you missed it earlier in the week, a developer created a SiriProxy to control a thermostat and then made the code available for others to use. The SiriProxy stands in between your iPhone 4S and Apple's servers. It then intercepts Siri voice commands. This proxy enables additional commands to be added to Siri's repitoire.

Other developers have now started using the SiriProxy to do other weird and wonderful things and we now have example videos of two. The first video below shows a developer using the SiriProxy to work alongside his car Viper system.

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”.

The second video shows how Siri can be used with third party apps. Using Siri the developer is able 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

Looking at these examples, Apple has a huge area of expansion for Siri to head into; if they wish to use it this way. In the mean time, if SiriProxy becomes more mainstream, who knows where this could lead!

Source: Mobfam via Engadget, 9to5Mac

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Siri can now control third party apps and even start your car via SiriProxy [video]


Not true, it depends where you are on the phone. Saying "set alarm for 9:00 PM" is way faster than getting out of my app, navigating to the right screen, finding the button in a folder, hitting the alarm menu button, moving each individual slider to the right place, and hitting save.
Plus, as it gets more advanced, it will become even more useful. When I used android it was way faster for me to, from the home screen, hold down the search and say navigate to an address than it was to launch the app and type it all in.

If it could launch the app it would be cool. Probably use it as much as I use voice dial, which is never.

That is cool and I think it is faster than opening up the Viper app and then hitting the start button. At least for me as I do have the SmartStart in my vehicle.

I'm one of those people who insists that competitors have yet to catch up, or surpass, Apple in the smartphone war. But if Apple doesn't expand Siri in this way, they're making a huge, huge mistake.
And with Jobs gone, that wouldn't surprise me one bit.

Voice control is one of the most complex ideas to implement into a phone.
Just a few considerations they have to make:
-What if you have two music apps and tell siri to play a song, which one does it use when? What if two apps use the same phrases?
-How can you implement natural speaking on third party apps instead of set phrases?
-What if developers don't implement it? Apple wants to limit the inconsistency.