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Shout at your Apple TV - Siri to Provide Voice Control

Updated on July 7, 2016
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Dr. John applies his scientific (PhD) research skills & 30 years experience as an inventor & futurist to review technology, apps, software.

The secret is out - the heart and soul of Apple's new TV is probably a way to eliminate the remote using Apple’s Siri - the voice recognition based artificial intelligent software on the iPhone 4G. Think of the way this will transform the remote wars that happen now as various family members try to watch their favorite program. It will now become a shouting match. Oh what joy! Will Siri be able to cope? Who will she listen to?

Apple designers and engineers have been researching ways to find a new way to control your phone remotely. This would replace the extremely awkward, poorly designed and confusing remote controller. Apple looked at various ways of doing this

  • a wireless keyboard and mouse,
  • using an iPod, iPad, iPhone or as a remote.


Apple's free software remote system can already be used to control the Apple TV set-top box.

A recent software upgrade allows you to use your iPhone as a simple interface to navigate through various items on the Apple TV display.

This is much better than struggling with the tiny plastic remote (Yes another remote) that comes with Apple TV set-top box.

Siri Voice Control is NEXT

Soon you will be able to sit on your couch and control your TV by simply talking:

  • Play the last episode of Gossip Girl
  • Show me the local news
  • Play my latest Coldplay music videos.

Of course this will require a lot of development to allow users to simply play exactly what they want and to deal with all the individual's options, stored material and channels etc. this experience goes beyond just playing TV shows or the local news.

Steve Jobs is reported as saying, in his biography, that the Apple Television that is being developed, will have the simplest user interface that anyone could dream of.

Will Siri become like HAL in 2001 A Space Odyssey?

So what could be simpler than voicing or shouting commands to your television - provided you can eliminate the competition?

Parents will love it - every time they pass by and see their kids watching something inappropriate they will be able to say "Discovery Channel".

Or "Now Listen to me Siri only respond to my voice for the next hour". "Johnny has to do his homework now."

Apple TV is coming - its only a matter of When? Perhaps as early as 2012.

So keep tuned in. Meanwhile you can learn to communicate with Siri on the new iPhone 5.

© 2011 Dr. John Anderson


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