I’ve stumbled across this piece recently. Yet again Kontra has delivered a masterpiece on the vast potential of Siri, “your humble personal assistant,” going forward.
“Earlier in “Is Siri really Apple’s future?” I outlined Siri’s strategic promise as a transition from procedural search to task completion and transactions,” Kontra writes for CounterNotions. “This time, I’ll explore that future in the context of two emerging trends: Internet of Things is about objects as simple as RFID chips slapped on shipping containers and as vital as artificial organs sending and receiving signals to operate properly inside our bodies…. and the best interface is no interface is about objects and tools that we interact with that no longer require elaborate or even minimal user interfaces to get things done. Like self-opening doors, it’s about giving form to objects so that their user interface is hidden in their user experience.”
“Siri isn’t wedded to the screen. Even though she speaks in many tongues, Siri doesn’t need to speak (or listen, for that matter) to go about her business, either Yes,” Kontra continues. “Siri uses interface props like fancy cards, torn printouts, maps and a personable voice, but what makes Siri different is neither visuals nor voice.”
“Despite the knee-jerk reaction to Siri as “voice recognition for search,” Siri isn’t really about voice,” Kontra explained. “In fact, I’d venture to guess Siri initially didn’t even have a voice. Siri’s more significant promise is about correlation, decisioning, task completion and transaction. The fact that Siri has a sassy “voice” (unlike her competitors) is just endearing ‘attitude’.”
Read more at CounterNotion.