December 18, 2012

Hello Siri, Meet Hue

Advances in modern voice control technology have allowed for a new invention resembling what would happen if Apple’s Siri and Phillips Hue light bulbs got really drunk and made this sweet, beautiful love child.

New advancements are on the rise, it would seem.

Well, that’s to be expected from the creative minds of geniuses and entrepreneurs alike, but just how advanced can we get? For starters, we have Siri – a voice control app on the Apple iPhone that allows the activation and prioritizing of all of your apps and calendar events. Siri has a calm, cool tone in her voice to give you an aesthetically pleasing experience when checking your events or when you just want to play Angry Birds.

Why is Siri such a desirable app? Because for those who are interested, Siri is one of the most popular human resembling technologies in the year 2012. To highlight her potential to appeal to your most desperate need for a friend, she can also search for answers to questions you ask to provide said answers and feedback.

But that’s not why she’s so popular.

Siri makes such a splash in popular media because built into her interface is a very sarcastic, nonobligatory personality. Ask her a straightforward question and she may not answer back so straight forward. Sarcasm, cynicism, even answering your own question with another question is among the interesting factors of her programming. The fact that I’m referring to Siri as her, rather than “It” is a clear signal of how smart Apple has been in their direction in how to optimize Siri for your ergonomic needs.

Sadly though, Siri is only designed to open certain apps and prioritize for you. She can’t really control extra personal activities for you.

But Canadian engineering student Brandon Evans wasn’t halted by that factor at all. He managed to fuse Phillips’ new Wi-Fi enabled light bulbs with Siri’s interface to create SiriProxy.

If you don’t know, Phillips is the manufacturer of a brand of light bulbs that the world has been using before you were born. It’s fascinating to think about the fact that light bulbs have been used for the same generic purpose for over a hundred years: to give light. Beyond that, light bulbs haven’t particularly posed any interest to most consumers.

Phillips has just released a Wi-Fi enabled light bulb that would allow you to control the on and off switches of the bulb without actually touching the switch.

Because what could be more advanced than a light bulb that we don’t actually have to get up and turn on ourselves?

SiriProxy is what Evans got when he fused the two, and now he can control his light switches by telling Siri to turn them on. Neat!

At first glance this technology is full of amazement and wonder, but more thought should be given to what this actually does for us. As stated before, it only gives Siri another action to do.

This new advancement would be great for the modern house mom or tech junkie, a strange category for both demographics to fall respectively into. And with a little more attention, it may just give the boys at Apple an idea for their next innovation.

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