Since the release of the 4S, developers and hackers have attempted to make Siri work on the iPhone 4 (and other older iDevices). While successful in installing the digital assistant, they weren’t able to make Siri fully communicate with Apple’s servers. But it appears that a group of Chinese hackers (the CD-Team) has successfully ported the full functionality of Siri to jailbroken iDevices – the iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G in particular. Called H1Siri, the port – over a 100mb download – is found on Cydia via the Cydia.be and iphone3gsystem.fr/cydia repositories. While using Siri on your iPhone 4 is highly desirable no doubt, there are several red flags when it comes to installing the package. Aside from legality issues, this proxy hack involves sending your personal information to a third party server, which isn’t exactly desirable to say the least. But if you still want to give it a try, a step-by-step tutorial showing you how can be found here. Below is a video of a youtube user running H1Siri on his iPhone 4.
Previously, we saw how Siri could be hacked to remotely start a car. Well you can add another to the list of cool stuff Siri can do (when hacked). Vimeo user toddtreece has cleverly found a way to change channels on his TV by simply talking to his iPhone 4S. The hack involves using a proxy to send commands to an Arduino microcontroller on a local network via a TCP socket. The program schedule info is then scraped from a tv listing website, and the requested data sent to the phone. Watch the video below to see how this nifty setup works. Gotta love it when Siri says ”I changed the channel for your lazy ass“.
Siri can help you do a number of things on the iPhone 4S, but did you know that it can remotely control your car as well? Well, it’ll take some work and programming skills, but developer Brandon Fiquett has found a way for Siri to communicate with his Acura. The hack requires coding in Ruby and PHP and the Viper SmartStart system. As Fiquett explains it:
OmniFocus, the greatest Getting Things Done system ever created, was updated earlier today and the robust iPhone app now supports Siri, your favorite virtual assistant. Using something the Omni Group calls “iCloud Capture”, Omnifocus imports Reminder data from your iCloud account and into your Omnifocus inbox. It’s something of a workaround as the data isn’t transfered seamlessly (i.e in the background), and you’ll have to manually open the OF app before anything gets moved into your inbox. Still, it’s definitely a great start for iPhone 4S owners who rely heavily on the Omnifocus platform. More info after the gap, along with demo videos by David “MacSparky” Sparks showing you how this newly minted union all works.
The Omni Group, OmniFocus for iPhone, – $19.99
By now, you’ve probably seen Apple’s promo video of the iPhone 4S’ Siri in action (if you haven’t, you can find it below). But how well does it work in real life, when there’s background noise and chatter. Pretty darn well it seems, as demonstrated by StuffTv in the youtube embed above. Siri’s able to “comprehend” essentially everything thrown its way and at surprisingly quick speeds. Who wants an iPhone 4S now simply because of this wickedly cool feature?