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Aussie hacks iPhone’s ‘Siri’ for home automation use

Published On: Fri, Dec 2nd, 2011 | Telecommunications | By BioNews

An Australian man, who hacked iPhone’s voice recognition application, ‘Siri’, wants to use it as a home automation tool.

Marcus Schappi spent just over 120 dollars on a gadget set-up, which allowed him to hack Siri and use the voice commands to turn on a lamp and open web pages.

He now intends to see if he can ask Siri to close the chicken hutch on his property and unlock his front door using simple voice commands.

The 28-year-old asserted that his hack could allow users to do simple tasks such as turn their air conditioning on or off, control their home entertainment or alarm system and unlock their front door or car.

But the hack may not last for a long time as Schappi has predicted that Apple would want to close the hole he exploited.

“Anything with a remote control is instantly up for grabs,” the Sydney Morning Herald quoted him as saying.

“When Apple shipped the iPhone 4S, only a subset of Siri functionality was made available to Australian consumers.”

“[This hack] could provide an opportunity for developers to fill the gap.”

Schappi is the director of Little Bird Company that sells electronics such as the devices needed to make the hackwork.

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