Can Siri work like the computer on Star Trek?

Discussion in 'iOS 5 and earlier' started by MikeonTV, Oct 22, 2011.

  1. MikeonTV macrumors regular

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    I've seen videos of how Siri works and it's my understanding that you have to his the home button to make Siri listen.

    Is it possible to have it run like the computer on Star Trek where you would trigger it to listen by saying "Computer" (or in this case "Siri").

    I would be nice if while doing something with both my hands I can have Siri search and find results for me.

    Probably would be a battery sucker though.

    heh
     
  2. omgitscro macrumors 6502a

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    You can alternatively put the phone up to your ear and it'll trigger Siri. This is how I usually use it.
     
  3. Rubo Draco macrumors regular

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    I think it would drain your battery life cause the app will have to be "running" all the time. it would be awesome, tho!
     
  4. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    Thats what I was thinking, you should be able to just say Siri followed by the command without touching anything or waiting for a beep.
     
  5. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a

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    what if your phone was in your pocket and you were talking to someone about Siri, or happened to say the word Serious, It would just jump into action in your pocket all on its own.
     
  6. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    well if she's lonely she should be included in the conversation!
     
  7. AlvinNguyen macrumors 6502a

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    Would be cool if you can set up a phrase to activate Siri to prevent accidentally turning her on.
     
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    That would be cool for sure. But it's going to need a trigger to get started and if it's always listening for its name, it'll be draining the battery.
     
  9. Lukeyy19 macrumors 6502a

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    I lol'ed
     
  10. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    The voice command system for OSX can be triggered by a command word, so it's certainly technically feasible. I imagine, as has been said, that battery life would be a concern, though, so until a way of "listening" that doesn't drain the battery is figured out, I don't think we'll see it.

    In the long term, I think it will come eventually, though.
     
  11. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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    Actually, it kind of does work like portable devices in Star Trek.

    Think about how the comm badges were woken up with a tap.

    It was only the ship's computer with its ridiculously huge power source that listened all the time :)
     
  12. gentlefury macrumors 68030

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    a good point.

    "Hello computer"
     
  13. joflo723 macrumors member

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    This. Our Magellan in our car is voice activated. We simply say, "Magellan" and she says "Say a command." To which we can reply "Find the nearest gas station" or whatever. Many times we say something similar to Magellan and she pipes up. For example, my son got a phone call and when the person on the other end asked him what he was up to, and he goes "Just Chillin", Magellan thought we called for her. lol

    I can see someone sitting in a board meeting and saying, "...we have SERIOUS budget issues..." and a voice from his pocket going "How may I assist you?"
     
  14. TimTheEnchanter macrumors 6502a

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    Until Apple figures out how to safely replace the battery with dilithium crystals so it can run continuously, this will never happen. It's against the laws of physics.
     
  15. davelanger macrumors 6502a

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    Siri how can we fix our budge issues.......
     
  16. flatfoot99 Guest

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    someone needs to invent a bluetooth starfleet badge...
     
  17. Xenc macrumors 6502a

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    The technology is available to do this (for example, Microsoft Kinect). Why it's not a feature with the iPhone is more to do with battery consumption and practicality right now.

    Siri's patents do include an active listening mode, so perhaps it's something that will be added in an update. It would be very useful in the car!
     
  18. outz macrumors 6502

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    not sure if it's gonna take all that.

    i've read a few reviews regarding googles android version ice cream sandwich:

    "Open Mic: Unlike Siri, the iPhone 4S virtual assistant that's activated with the push of a button, Android's voice input system is always open, so the OS is always listening to the user for instructions."

    not sure how valid this is seeing it isn't out yet... but who knows.
     
  19. TonyC28 macrumors 65816

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    Unfortunately since the "always listening" part would kill the battery I don't see that being viable on a phone. But imagine it on a home computer. That could easily be made to be always listening. Users could maybe even make their own initiation word that told the computer you are about to ask it something.
     

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