Hackers Are Able to Control Siri With Their Minds

By , Nov 11, 2011

The geniuses behind Project Black Mirror have created a way to control Siri with their minds. By constructing an elaborate system involving the Arduino prototyping platform, a MacBook Pro, and ECG pads to capture analog brain waves, these hackers can have Siri make a call by merely thinking.

Yeah, we’re not kidding.

Commands are matched and fed to a speech synthesizer chip. The hackers plan to fully automate the process eventually, but the iPhone 4S home button still needs to be pressed to initiate Siri right now.

While this is basically controlling Siri with your mind, it’s obviously a little more complicated than that. The commands that Siri receives are first routed through the speech synthesizer chip and then sent to the iPhone via the microphone jack as voice commands (as if a human was still telling Siri what to do). The real magic happens in the synthesizer, when your thoughts from the ECG pads are converted into audible words.

The video demonstrates a call being placed, but we wonder if this method can have Siri perform more complicated tasks, like creating an email or setting a location-based reminder. So many possibilities.

Project Black Mirror is posting this information as proof of concept for the time being, and the project is still very much in the early stages. We can’t wait to see what these guys are able to pull off.


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  • Dan

    now make it work on iphone 4

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000041129068 John Angelo Moraitis

    So what happends when you run it backwords? Does siri can control your thoughts? I don’t want to constantly be thinking buy a iPhone buy a macbook get apple care, android sucks and jailbreaking is terrible. lol

  • http://www.facebook.com/erickpygott Giovanni E Pygott

    Fake to me

  • Gdghgfgjy Ggjffv

    what happens when siri replies?

  • http://www.facebook.com/rointernet.info Popescu Silviu

    very interesting…

  • Joshua Mayne

    Now that is amazing!!!!

  • http://twitter.com/luissantana_a Luis Santana

    Wow, this is simply amazing!… =)

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SMM3KHWIENN3YROPD7KUH3GZKU Ken

    Looks pretty fake. Chip + pins on breadboard going, the overdone blinky lights / terminal scrolling for effect…. sigh.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100002164516084 Little Buck

    woooooow that is amazing

  • Tommy Lee

    goddamn the future will be so creepy

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Shu-Tse/100003031122741 Shu Tse

    So basicly siri would know everything your thinking. Personally only I want to be able to know that, though most of the times it’s gibberish.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Andy-Burns/100001176715977 Andy Burns

    Those would be EEG electrodes, not ECG. I see where you’re going, but it irks me since cardiology is my forte and I hate neurology.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marcvince Marc D. Zafra


  • Gustavo Reyes

    whenever you have an idea, an asian already programmed it and made it work.