Yes, you can get Siri’s voices– female and male– in OS X Mavericks but Siri’s famed snarky responses will have to wait until Apple sees fit to deliver our favorite digital assistant to the Mac.
What would happen if Apple integrated Siri functionality from the iPhone and iPad to CrazyTalk on the Mac? Fun.
Talk To Me, Siri!
First, a look at CrazyTalk. It’s a facial animation tool that combines sound and text and animates facial images.
Think of it as a talking head on your Mac. You can create your own talking head, too, just by adding images, setup of facial feature points, and use your own voice to animate yourself (or, anyone else).
I’m not much for graphic design and certainly don’t have a talent gene for drawing anything other than stick people but I can make my own animated talking head in CrazyTalk.
The app accepts most standard file formats so you can drop in any decent image to be animated.
There are built-in tools which fit the face and give it life like expressions, facial movements, even eye movements.
That’s not all. CrazyTalk also lip syncs your voice to the animated image, or you can type in what you want the image to speak using text-to-speech which is built-in to your Mac.
CrazyTalk’s auto motion technology matches your voice to the image to generate head and facial movements, so singing looks like a singer, laughing looks like someone laughing.
I think of CrazyTalk as a Mac app that creates head puppets. It’s actually rather simple to setup your first animation using the built-in characters and voices, but the tools to make granular adjustments take a little trial and error. Finished animations can be saved and exported as movies or images.
How long before Apple provides iOS and OS X users with a visual interface to Siri that goes beyond the current crop of canned responses?
In other words, I want Siri to be my friend, talk to me, ask me questions (instead of the other way around), and become a true intelligent assistant instead of a disembodied voice.
Here’s a quick look at the CrazyTalk YouTube video which gives plenty of examples of what you can do on your Mac. All we need is for Apple to do the same with Siri.