Bizarro Siri Released for Bizarro iPhone (Iris for Android) - The UpStream

Bizarro Siri Released for Bizarro iPhone (Iris for Android)

posted Friday Oct 21, 2011 by Scott Ertz

Bizarro Siri Released for Bizarro iPhone (Iris for Android)

I would imagine that by now everyone has heard about Apple's iPhone 4s, and its acquired voice command software, Siri. Siri has been such a hit that Android developer Dextra has released a new app for Android entitled Iris. The company obviously has a great sense of humor because the name is an anagram, which stands for Intelligent Rival Imitation of Siri and is, itself, Siri spelled backwards.

All of the fun being poked at Apple aside, the software itself is a lot more fun than Siri. While Iris may not be as productive, she certainly can hold a conversation like no other artificial intelligence, Smarter Child included. Rather than trying to schedule an alarm when you say something, Iris will respond with appropriate conversational responses. For example, "How much wood could a woodchuck chuck" results in "A woodchuck could chuck as much wood as a woodchuck could chuck obviously." Even her response to "Who are you" is met with a joke about Siri.

Sure, using voice to do calculations between cities and such is fun, it is definitely not the productive, useful system that Siri is. If you have an Android phone and enjoyed interacting with Smarter Child and his friends on AIM, give this app a try. If you're looking for something to be productive, however, you might want to look elsewhere.

If you do try it out, let us know your favorite conversation in the comments section.


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