What could be more exciting than controlling your in-home lighting from your iPad? Yep, you guessed it, controlling you in-home lighting with your voice through the use of Siri. That is now a possibility thanks to developer Brandon Evans who has worked out a way to control the recently launched Hue smart lighting system from Philips. The system uses the SiriProxy hack which stands between your iOS device and Apple's servers; it then intercepts Siri voice instructions which enable additional commands to be added to Siri's repertoire without involving Apple’s servers.
Brandon was able to control many things such as turning certain lights on and off, increasing the brightness of specific bulbs and he is currently working on color changes of the LED bulbs too. It makes you wonder just what Apple could achieve with Siri if it can perfect its understanding of normal language. The idea of a future home where its entire lighting, heating etc is controlled by your voice may not be that far away after all. You can see what Siri is capable of in the video below.
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