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Siri Can Pour You a Beer and Turn Off Your Lights (Video)



What good is a personal assistant if it can’t get you a beer and turn off your lights?

If you answered not good at all, then you need to check out these innovative Siri extras.

If you are geeky enough, it appears that you can make Siri do pretty much anything by way of a text message.

(Read: What is Siri?)

In the video below, you can Siri initiate a beer pour, by way of a tweet. Since I showed you how to Tweet with Siri, I hope you pay attention and send me a beer as a thank you.

Beeri from redpepper on Vimeo.

Beeri pour beer with siriWith a remote control truck, an Arduino Uno and a nifty program beer goes from can to cup in an instant.

More on how this works from Red Pepper,

When Beeri sees a new Tweet containing the word “pour” she triggers the sequence of preprogrammed pour commands (go, stop, adjust) that interface with the truck’s circuit board to control her movement. Her route is preprogrammed (drive straight) until her two proximity detectors sense her moving away from the puncture wall after impact. This allows her to halt the driving sequence and adjust to a 6 inch depth in order to get the beer to enter the funnel

Is this an impractical way of pouring a beer? Yes. Is it an awesomely geeky way of pouring a beer? Definitely.

But, what if you prefer to use Siri’s powers for more practical home automation. Christopher Deutsch rigged up his home automation system to respond to text messages from Siri.

As you can see in the video below, Siri is able to turn off the bedroom fan with a text message. Brilliant.

Now if only I could get Siri to play nice with the Nest Learning Thermostat and take control of my coffee machine.

Via Wired and technabob



  1. Scotty Braun

    10/29/2011 at 7:46 am

    haha that was funny.. but dont think its real, especially the fan one

  2. Smokinjoe_24

    10/29/2011 at 8:25 am

    You want to know what Siri CAN’T do? Watch the flash video that was imbedded in this article……..

    • Charlie Pryor

      10/29/2011 at 11:10 am

      Actually it can. You see, these videos aren’t just “flash” videos.. they are videos from the YouTube and Vimeo networks, as most videos on the net are. Really crazy thing… turns out, all these wonderful Vimeo videos are HTML5, and open right up in a Quicktime format… full screen too (rather than just small in the browser window). – And the YouTube videos? Well a lot of those aren’t flash-based anymore, including this one. Aside from that, all YouTube videos open in the NATIVE and PRE-INSTALLED YouTube application on the iPhone. Imagine that, another automatic, full-screen viewing, of the videos on this page. 

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