Skip to main content

Hacker Codes Siri Proxy, Controls Thermostat Temperature with Voice

A hacker has created a proxy server for Apples' Siri voice controlled assistant that comes with the iPhone 4S, which allows him to control the temperature of a thermostat using voice controls.

The hacker, who is known by his Twitter handle @plamoni, created a third party proxy server which connects with Apple's server. The server interprets the voice recordings and sends out an XML file. Reg Hardware (opens in new tab), Siri Proxy is capable of interpreting this XML file and add extra information to it depending on the original request.

Considering an example, if the user says "Test Siri proxy", Siri will respond "Siri Proxy is up and running!" is the proxy has been setup correctly. The hacker, in a demo video, control a Wi-Fi based thermostat using the Sire Proxy server.

The developer said that users won't have to jail break their devices but won't be able to port Siri to iOS devices other than the iPhone 4S.

Siri Proxy is a result of Applidium decoding the Siri server for everyone to use, prompting hackers to come up with their own ideas as to what Siri can do besides giving funny answers to stupid questions.

Siri is being touted by Apple as the iPhone 4S's main selling point and is a refreshing change from the voice features that come with Android. Even Google's chairman Eric Schmidt admits that Siri is a game changer, indicating that Google is clearly worried about it.

Get Siri Proxy code here.

Ravi Mandalia

Ravi Mandalla was ITProPortal's Sub Editor (and a contributing writer) for two years from 2011. Based in Ahmedabad, India, Ravi is now the owner and founder of Parity Media Pvt. Ltd., a news and media company, which specializes in online publishing, technology news and analysis, reviews, web site traffic growth, web site UI. Ravi lists his specialist subjects as: Enterprise, IT, Technology, Gadgets, Business, High Net Worth Individuals, Online Publishing, Advertising, Marketing, Social Media, News, Reviews, Audio, Video, and Multi-Media. He has also previously worked as Dy. Manager - IT Security at (n)Code Solutions.