Watch Siri open a garage door

"Open the pod bay doors, Hal." The infamous quote from "2001: A Space Odyssey" gets a modern makeover as a hacker taps Siri and a Raspberry Pi computer to open a garage door.

Be the envy of Apple fanatics on your street with a bit of hardware hacking. Image by Christopher MacManus/CNET

Despite owning an iPhone 5 for several months, I find myself using Siri only when someone else wants to see how it works.

A video created by a Raspberry Pi enthusiast motivates me to learn about Siri's unadvertised side -- as a place where hackers can use special software to teach Apple's voice assistant new commands. One such person found a compelling use for the $35 Linux-based Pi and Siri: the ability to open a garage door with a push of a button and a simple spoken sentence.

The Siri garage door hack comes from engineer Neil Jolley, a U.K.-based tinkerer who originally shared the project on the Raspberry Pi forums. Jolley tapped the highly customizable (and tiny) Raspberry Pi computer to run SiriProxy -- software that allows the user to customize and add functionality to Siri -- and wired Pi to control the garage door system.

Want to emulate this geeky project? Check out Jolley's Siri garage door opener instructions and supplementary code to make your own.

About the author

Crave contributor Christopher MacManus regularly spends his time exploring the latest in science, gaming, and geek culture -- aiming to provide a fun and informative look at some of the most marvelous subjects from around the world.


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