I could hardly believe my eyes when I read that a Swedish student and hacker had managed to port Siri to his Canon 5D Mark II. In case you didn’t know, Siri is the virtual assistant that Apple introduced with their iPhone 4S. After mulling it over, I realized that it couldn’t be possible because:
- Hackers were already having enough difficulty trying to port Siri to the iPhone 4/3GS
- Siri needs to connect wirelessly to Apple’s server in order to function
- As good a camera as it is, the Canon 5D Mark II can’t possibly support the Siri, which runs on iOS
But when news like this comes after a Star Wars-themed firmware update had just been released–well, let’s just say a lot of people are willing to believe just about anything.
Björn Mabrö had originally claimed that he was able to develop a custom firmware for the Mark II that ported Siri to his DSLR. Mabrö boasted that the hack allowed the camera to respond to over 124 voice commands, from controlling the shutter to adjusting settings on the camera.
Alas, it really was too good to be true. The entire thing only happened to be a “Day of the Holy Innocents” (día de los Santos Inocentes) prank, which is sort of like April Fools in some countries around the world.
But who knows? Maybe Canon can come up with some sort of firmware and camera virtual assistant someday that can do all these–and more.