Facial and motion recognition is all the rage these days. Is that Apple’s next big thing? iPhone, iPad, and Mac watching our every move and every mood. The more I think about it, the more I think the next great thing is already here.
Siri Is As Siri Does
Apple’s products– Mac, iPhone, iPad, and even the iPod– are technology devices with a touch of personality.
Hardware and software work so well together that we appreciate the seamless integration with our loyalty, to the tune of hundreds of millions of satisfied customers.
Apple’s next great thing may already be here. It’s Siri. Granted, Siri doesn’t do much yet. It’s command centric.
You ask, Siri answers, but Siri is smart enough to answer within context, and step-by-step Apple is putting more capability into Siri.
Let’s jump ahead three or four more years when the iPhone and iPad are even more powerful, to a time when Apple may have a few new products in the growing ‘wearable technology’ segment– iWatch, iGlasses, et al.
During that time period Apple’s engineers will add more functionality into iOS (and probably OS X) that lets Siri do more and take on more personality traits. Already Siri has both male and female voices.
I’m thinking digital companion, a Siri which not only responds to requests within context, but also interacts by asking more questions, by providing information that is needed, but for which a question hasn’t been asked.
Now, think about your iPhone, or iPad, or Mac– each with a built-in iSight camera watching your every move– whereby Siri and the technology behind Kinect’s motion sensor capability can detect your facial expressions.
Siri could speak based upon visual recognition of what’s going on with the iSight’s video camera range– ‘Kate, you seem sad today. Did your fiancé break another date with you?‘ Or, something along the lines of, ‘Kate, that’s your third donut this morning. You asked me to warn you if you eat more than two.‘ Or, perhaps extended to, ‘Stop chewing, Kate. Put the donut down. Step away from the donut.‘
You get the idea.
A Siri that can talk to us instead of merely listening to us may sound far fetched, but a Siri that watches what we say (HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey) and can turn visual cues into action is not far away.