Let me preface this by saying that ESRA will be a disappointment to those who are expecting it to compete with Siri.

Now that the disclaimer is out of the way, let’s talk more about this jailbreak app. ESRA stands for Experimental Speech Response Application, and as you can see from the video, it more than lives up to the “experimental” portion of the ESRA acronym…

ESRA is still in development, and as its name states, it’s still very experimental. The speech recognition is probably the one area that needs the most improvement, as it pales in comparison to Siri.

In my opinion, the best thing ESRA has going for it is the robot voice. The voice sounds a lot more human than Siri, but that’s probably because it’s just a bunch of canned responses, and not a truly dynamic assistant that’s flexible in responses like Apple’s innovative assistant.

Still, ESRA is a good conversation piece for older device owners if you can happen to get it working. If you’re interested and you have a jailbroken iOS 5 device, you can download ESRA for free from Cydia’s BigBoss repo.

What do you think about ESRA? Is it worth it?

  • Anonymous

    Two words: Failing application

  • Jeffrey Rittenour

    I’ll have to agree with you there. I’m using one that does text transcribe like siri that does way better than this. lol

    • what are you using for text transcribe? I just want something so that I can speak my text messages or any other text.

  • Awful app, waste of time.

  • No it’s not a cool Siri, it isn’t using Dom multitasking

  • Dan

    looks pretty crappy

  • When I first noticed this on cydia I thought it was a joke, it’s arse spelled backwards. Quite fitting really. If it can’t even get the voice recognition right why even bother trying to get it to do anything more useful than simply direct you to google?

    • Dan

      well said! Made me laugh

  • I tried it and deleted it like 1 minute later. I like my sirious.

  • You can get around the poor speech recognition By using Siri Dictation in the text bar thing.

  • James Matoe

    Instead of grabbing a lame engine which does speech-to-text conversion just by googling around, I’d (as a developer) start /at least/ something which manages to get that “Where can I hide a body?” and “What is the right place to hide a body?” is the same thing.

    • But, where you can hide a body is not necessarily where you should. xD

  • Shifat

    “No, I’m not a dinosaur you idiot”

  • I hope this works 🙂 🙂 :). Want a Siri for IPOD TOUCH 2g 4.2.1 MC MODEL