When Siri met the Terminator

Who would you choose as your personal assistant? Siri or the Terminator?

Screenshot by Bonnie Cha/CNET)

Look out Siri, there’s a new virtual assistant in town–and you definitely don’t want to get on his bad side.

YouTube user programmer4fun has created his own virtual personal assistant using a 3D model of the Terminator T-800 cyborg and his Microsoft Kinect.

In his video description, programmer4fun explains that he used the Kinect SDK to make use of the head tracking and speech recognition software. The Kinect sits behind him, though he notes it can be anywhere, while a small LED projector beams the Terminator’s head onto the wall. He’s even built in code to support anaglyph 3D if you really want to get up close and personal with the Terminator.

Programmer4fun goes on to note that the speech recognition software is able to understand his questions, despite his Belgian accent. Sadly, the Terminator doesn’t answer your questions in Arnold Schwarzenegger’s voice, but it’s still got plenty of attitude.

As you’ll see in the video, he’s not too keen on giving you weather reports, and don’t even think about asking him for a favor when he’s got a date with Siri. If you’re curious about how many days have pa… [Read more]

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