About one week ago, we published a post talking about how this one developer managed to open Siri up for other developers so they could come up with plugins that would extend its functionality beyond the usual wake-me-up, play-me-this-song, tell-me-the-weather type commands. We’ve talked about a couple of pieces of software that make use of this and, today in this post, we’ll be talking about four more plugins.
News of the plugins comes straight from its developer in the form of a video uploaded on YouTube in which he demoes the four plugins.
The first plugin showed by the developer allows sending of text messages using Google Voice. The second plugin is for Wake On LAN: the developer asks Siri to wake up his computer, which it does. The third plugin allows the launching of iTunes, playing/stopping music, playing the next track, increasing/decreasing volume. The last, but certainly not the least, plugin allows opening/closing of any program on the desktop as well as minimizing each window.
These plugins have been made possible thanks to developer plamoni’s Siri Proxy server which run on a user’s computer that makes use of a fake local DNS registry for guzzoni.apple.com (Siri’s official servers) which allows them to use custom commands with Siri over their WiFi network. It essentially cracks open Siri’s security protocols which skilled hackers and programmers can use to inject their own code+data. We’ve already seen Siri handling a thermostat, controlling and navigating Plex on Apple TV as well as starting/stopping and locking/unlocking a car.
The best thing about it is how you don’t have to jailbreak your iPhone 4S to make use of these awesome plugins. All it takes is, well, a somewhat complicated 10-step process and installing a a software on your Mac.
Work on creating custom plugins for Siri has only just started so we expect plenty of cool functionality to be added in by clever coding types. We will, of course, cover these plugins so stay tuned to Redmond Pie!
For more information regarding the project, head over to Github.
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