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Apple's Siri now takes swipes at Google's 'half-empty' Glass

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Apple has updated its voice-driven personal assistant, Siri, to make playful comments disparaging Google's head-worn accessory, Glass, calling it "half empty" and telling users they've "got the wrong assistant."

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The responses are generated by Siri once users say the words "Okay, Glass." Those are the same words used to invoke the voice-driven features of Google Glass.

Saying "Okay, Glass" to Siri currently generates at least six humorous responses panning Google's gear:
  • "Stop trying to strap me to your forehead. It won't work."
  • "I think that Glass is half empty."
  • "I'm not Glass. And I'm just fine with that."
  • "Glass? I think you've got the wrong assistant."
  • "Very funny, (name). I mean, not funny 'ha-ha,' but funny."
  • "Just so you know, I don't do anything when you blink at me."

Siri's new responses on Glass were first highlighted on Monday by The Verge. The comments echo a sentiment expressed by Apple Chief Executive Tim Cook, who said earlier this year he doesn't believe that Google Glass, currently available for developers to test, will become a mass-market item.

Cook instead said that the wrist may be a more natural place for wearable computing devices to evolve. In that space, he praised the Nike FuelBand health tracking accessory.

Apple is rumored to be working on its own wrist-worn accessory to take on Google Glass in the wearable computing space with a launch as soon as 2014. The company has filed for ownership of the "iWatch" trademark in a number of countries around the world, hinting at a potential name for the device.
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Kudos to Google! All publicity is good publicity right?
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"Just so you know, I don't do anything when you blink at me".
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"I assume you are looking for porn again, Dave?"

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She can also say

"Just so you know, I don't do anything when you blink at me, Mike."
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It'd be great if she did more jokes like this for a broader range of topics, but used them DURING searches to mask transit times.

 

You could say, "I'd like 4,000 lattes to go." Siri would reply, "I miss Steve, too. Here are some cafés in your area." The first sentence done on-device while the location search is going on behind it.

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It'd be great if she did more jokes like this for a broader range of topics, but used them DURING searches to mask transit times.

You could say, "I'd like 4,000 lattes to go." Siri would reply, "I miss Steve, too. Here are some cafés in your area." The first sentence done on-device while the location search is going on behind it.

Great idea
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"Very funny, C---. I mean, not funny "ha-ha," but funny."

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Alas, the way SIRI Works is the recognition is done on the server, so SIRI wouldn't know you asked for 4,000 lattes until it heard back from the server. Maybe a future version of SIRI will do recognition on the device, and that will make it a lot more useful (you could more easily search your apps when not connected to the net, for instance.)

I think Glass is a joke-- it's a bluetooth headset with a camera and display. It's not actually a computer.

It's useless if you don't have a net connection. And who is going to talk to anyone wearing it?

.... knowing google's propensity for spying.
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That's all right Siri... none of the other young girls bother to respond at all... Sigh!


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Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post

Saying "Okay, Glass" to Siri currently generates four humorous responses panning Google's gear:
  • "Stop trying to strap me to your forehead. It won't work."
  • "I think that Glass is half empty."
  • "I'm not Glass. And I'm just fine with that."
  • "Glass? I think you've got the wrong assistant."

 

How about:

  • "What are you?  A #Glasshole wannabe?"
  • "Glass is not Okay.  Way too creepy."
  • "Glass?  My ass."

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Alas, the way SIRI Works is the recognition is done on the server, so SIRI wouldn't know you asked for 4,000 lattes until it heard back from the server. Maybe a future version of SIRI will do recognition on the device, and that will make it a lot more useful (you could more easily search your apps when not connected to the net, for instance.)

I think Glass is a joke-- it's a bluetooth headset with a camera and display. It's not actually a computer.

It's useless if you don't have a net connection. And who is going to talk to anyone wearing it?

.... knowing google's propensity for spying.

I agree. Dependency on Internet connection and going remote is the biggest drawback of SIRI. Having at least a limited basis on the device with regular updates based on eg location or uindividual sage patterns would be great such that she needs to reach out for the servers less often. I don't think you could pack all SIRI Localfor the next two decades 1smile.gif
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Goofle Glass is a non event. Was just an expensive trick 2 stir enthusiasm in Goolie discussion. Tis in the category of left handed back scratcher.

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Personally I'm surprised that Apple is giving attention to Google Glass.
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Personally I'm surprised that Apple is giving attention to Google Glass.

Seems reasonable to me. I can imagine that before this, when people said "ok glass", either in an attempt to be funny or just out of confusion, Siri just did a web search for "glass" that was "ok", which didn't look particularly intelligent. I know it's not entirely fair, but I can see the blog posts already: google stuff, just say "ok glass" and it magically does things for you... ok now let's try on Siri... ah, windshield replacement companies.

 

They're just getting out in front of it. 

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Why the heck is Apple threatened by Glass enough to give it the time of day?  While there are some very interesting edge case uses for it, I'm fairly confidant it will not go over well with the general public.

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Seems reasonable to me. I can imagine that before this, when people said "ok glass", either in an attempt to be funny or just out of confusion, Siri just did a web search for "glass" that was "ok", which didn't look particularly intelligent. I know it's not entirely fair, but I can see the blog posts already: google stuff, just say "ok glass" and it magically does things for you... ok now let's try on Siri... ah, windshield replacement companies.

They're just getting out in front of it. 

Apparently if you pair Google Glass to an iPhone "Okay Glass" works as it should.
https://support.google.com/glass/answer/3064189?hl=en
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Apparently if you pair Google Glass to an iPhone "Okay Glass" works as it should.
https://support.google.com/glass/answer/3064189?hl=en

 

Yup, it's multi-platform and works with iPhones.

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Originally Posted by DroidFTW View Post
Why the heck is Apple threatened by Glass

 

They're not, in any respect.


…give it the time of day?

 

But Siri doesn't do that. 1wink.gif

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I suppose it's fun, and probably not putting significant toll on Apple's staff, but it's a bit frivolous to be putting this out when Siri is still too slow to be practically useful nine times out of ten.

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Why the heck is Apple threatened by Glass enough to give it the time of day?  While there are some very interesting edge case uses for it, I'm fairly confidant it will not go over well with the general public.

You mean 'edge use cases.' The whole world is threatened by Google Glass, as long as a single person takes it seriously and will say so in public, like you just did.

Think of it like angel dust, PCP, for geeks. You're probably too young to remember. A friend of mine drove through a wall of a 7-11 on that poison.

Like Siri says, the worst thing about Glass is that it's half-empty: it only addresses one eye, and the wrong eye at that. So Google. So toe-shoes:

http://www.geeksugar.com/Sergey-Brin-Five-Finger-Shoes-10882457
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Yay, more jokes from Siri. Why did they waste time on this. How about making Siri more useful?
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Originally Posted by Tallest Skil View Post

It'd be great if she did more jokes like this for a broader range of topics, but used them DURING searches to mask transit times.

You could say, "I'd like 4,000 lattes to go." Siri would reply, "I miss Steve, too. Here are some cafés in your area." The first sentence done on-device while the location search is going on behind it.

Great idea

Or they could just speed up the search to match Google, which is orders of magnitude faster than Siri. And better result too, in my opinion. The only time I use Siri is to do something with the device such as set an alarm or a calendar entry.

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post #24 of 92
"Don't be such a Glasshole"

Or

"I'm going to set off an alarm to warn people in the general area that you might be recording them"
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Meanwhile, Siri can now change the screen brightness which is a feature I asked for myself:

"dim the screen"

Siri: OK I made it a bit darker.

"full brigthness"

Siri: This is as bright as it gets.

I find this much better than Glass jokes.
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Oh great. The government lawyers are going to add this to their e-book conspiracy case saying it is unfairly taking a swipe at Google.
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Thanks ! Gotta try it. Anything else ? May be Apple is updating the server to prepare for the rumored 9/10 event ?
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"Siri, do you like Apple?" "I'm pretty loyal to Apple. It's just how I'm made."

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Why the heck is Apple threatened by Glass enough to give it the time of day?  While there are some very interesting edge case uses for it, I'm fairly confidant it will not go over well with the general public.

Someone here is taking Google Glass way too seriously.

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Odd that you would read that as I'm the one taking Glass too seriously when my post was about Apple taking Glass too seriously.
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Personally I'm surprised that Apple is giving attention to Google Glass.

Agreed. Why give them free advertising?  I can just see Brian Williams and Anderson Cooper smirking their way through this tonight.

 
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Or they could just speed up the search to match Google, which is orders of magnitude faster than Siri. And better result too, in my opinion. The only time I use Siri is to do something with the device such as set an alarm or a calendar entry.

Orders of magnitude? Really? Care to document that?

Just more whining from the same person who insisted that Apple Maps was unusable - even after independent testing showed that it was just as good as Google Maps.

Gee, paying all the shills must cost Google a fortune.
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I suppose it's fun, and probably not putting significant toll on Apple's staff, but it's a bit frivolous to be putting this out when Siri is still too slow to be practically useful nine times out of ten.

 

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Yay, more jokes from Siri. Why did they waste time on this. How about making Siri more useful?

 Siri- beaters.

 
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Originally Posted by DroidFTW View Post
Odd that you would read that as I'm the one taking Glass too seriously when my post was about Apple taking Glass too seriously.

 

They're making fun of it; how is that taking it seriously?!

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Agreed. Why give them free advertising?  I can just see Brian Williams and Anderson Cooper smirking their way through this tonight.

Siri is just answering "okay glass". If you say it, you know what Glass is already.
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I agree. Dependency on Internet connection and going remote is the biggest drawback of SIRI. Having at least a limited basis on the device with regular updates based on eg location or uindividual sage patterns would be great such that she needs to reach out for the servers less often. I don't think you could pack all SIRI Localfor the next two decades 1smile.gif

 

You gotta think ahead when thinking about Siri. First off, Siri needs the server connection to learn more about human speech patterns and understanding. She's much better at understanding what I want then she was earlier. As Apple ups the capability of the A chip, it becomes more and more able to take on what the server does, leaving the ever-decreasing cost of flash memory as the other limit to Siri's ability to operate completely inside the iDevice. 

 

I see a day when the Siri Local info would be gulped down once Siri finds a free wifi in a new location and then operates in that new city as if it had always been there. Just keep thinking about how Apple thinks, and how small moves today are putting in place the infrastructure for large leaps in the future.

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Agreed. Why give them free advertising?  I can just see Brian Williams and Anderson Cooper smirking their way through this tonight.

 

The user has to bring the subject up for Siri to respond. Hardly free advertising, especially since she doesn't refer to Google or Google Glass as such.

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Yay, more jokes from Siri. Why did they waste time on this. How about making Siri more useful?

 

May I refer you to the further integration of Siri with far more apps and functions in iOS 7...?

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Why the heck is Apple threatened by Glass enough to give it the time of day?  While there are some very interesting edge case uses for it, I'm fairly confidant it will not go over well with the general public.

 

Apple's not threatened, that an absurd conclusion. Why should Apple let Siri seem stupid about one of the other "assistants" out there?? 

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Yay, more jokes from Siri. Why did they waste time on this. How about making Siri more useful?

I suspect it's much the same reason why you, Gatorguy and DroidFTW wasted time adding your comments to the thread. Instead of criticising Apple and/or defending Google on an Apple forum, you could be making useful comments on Google forums to Google fans. Comments like: 'hey do you like Google Glass, yeah I like Google Glass it's pointless but unique and new, did you search for things using Google, yeah I love searching for things, hey did you hear that Apple is suing, they suck 'cos everybody should be allowed to just take things from other people, no way they stole the notification panel, no way they stole some UI theme that looks nothing like it, that's not ok they can't steal, only we can steal except we don't steal anything - everything that Google has done was obvious, hey did you steal some apps today, yeah me and 50000 others'.

When Samsung takes a swipe at Apple in their ads, it's ok but Apple does it in a much more subtle and humorous way and that's not ok? The reactions by some to the Samsung ads were that they were outdoing Apple and Apple's ads were lame and they had become Microsoft and Google was the new Apple. This is just Apple again showing that they haven't changed - they're the same people who left poems in the OS for people hacking it:

http://www.tuaw.com/2006/02/15/apple-seeks-poetic-justice/

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