Roseanne Roseannadanna said it best:
Well it just goes to show you, it’s always something; you either got a toenail in your hamburger or toilet paper clinging to your shoe.
Siri is like that. Think about what Siri can do and then think about what problems Siri can cause. Our household has a number of Apple products lying about at any moment in time. Let’s take the living room as a for instance.
My wife and I both have AirPods, iPhone, and iPad, plus, there’s a nearby Mac, and an even closer HomePod.
What happens when one of us utters “Hey, Siri…“?
It’s probably something similar to George Foreman’s household when someone asked, “George?” The man had 12 children; five sons. All five are named George.
When one of us utters “Hey, Siri…” we get a variety of products that respond, and the worst offender is the independent.
What we hear often enough is Siri answering back, “I’m here!” Sometimes HomePod responds to something it heard on TV– we don’t let HomePod play sound from the television– and starts playing music.
Apple has an AirPod commercial on YouTube. We checked it out. It starts off with “Hey, Siri…” at the beginning, and that gets Apple’s microphone prowess into action and HomePod responds quickly.
What’s the problem with Siri and “Hey, Siri…”?
Siri has been around for years and is capable of running on about 1.5-billion Apple devices around planet earth and remains so stupid it cannot recognize one voice from another.
What we need is a Siri that responds first and foremost to a specific voice. Apple has the technology to do just that– meld my voice to my iPhone, iPad, Mac, and AirPod. And, the capability exists to differentiate voices on the same device.
We see the ability to put multiple fingerprints on Touch ID and a second face to be recognized with Face ID, so why not give Siri the smarts to recognize who is talking?
Admittedly, this isn’t a terrible problem to have, and when Siri starts barking at the wrong dog it can be funny, but Apple has a reputation for attention to detail and when Siri starts to recognize specific voices and respond accordingly, then we’ll know the iPhone maker really sweats the details.
Well, Jane, it just goes to show you. It’s always something. If it’s not one thing, it’s another. Either you smoke or you have a sweat ball hanging off your nose.