By Azhar Karim
Have you met Siri yet?
Siri can send messages, make phone calls, even check the weather.
The virtual personal assistant, which is available on Apple iPhones and iPads, can be a great help for people with vision loss. Siri enables users to navigate their devise with simple voice commands.
But, Siri can do much more than beatbox "boots and cats" for you. You can ask Siri to open an app, find nearest restaurants, send a text message or give directions to your home. Siri is a great support for users with low vision, as they can interact with their device by speech only, provided they are connected to the internet to run the Siri app.
To turn on Siri on your device, go to Settings>General>Siri
In order to activate Siri press and hold the home button for couple of seconds until you hear two tones and then you can start talking. There is a hands free method of activating Siri.
If your phone is connected to power, just say “Hey Siri” and it will start working.
Here is a list of simple Siri voice commands with some brief description:
Apps & settings
“Open clock” or “Launch iBooks”
”Turn on/off Bluetooth/Airplane mode/Do not disturb/Wi Fi"
“Increase/decrease brightness” or “Make the screen brighter/darker”
Phone or Facetime call
Say “call (name from your contacts) or (phone number)”
For Facetime call just say, “Facetime with (name)” This will begin a video call. For audio say, “Facetime audio call with (name)."
You can also define relationships for the people in your contact list. For example you can ask Siri to call your wife, first time it will ask your wife’s name and will save, next time it will simply make the call.
“Wake me up at six in the morning”
“Set timer for ten minutes”
“Turn off my 7:30 AM alarm”
Calculations and conversions
Reminders and Calendar
“Remind me to call my wife when I get to my office” (First save office location in your address book).
“Set up a calendar even on March 7 at 10 AM ….(Event title)"
“Remind me to call my daughter”
Set up an appointment with my doctor on April 27 at 2 PM”
Messages and emails
“Read my last text message.” Siri will read the new message and will ask you if you want to reply and you can move on.
“Are there any new emails for me?” Siri will read the source and subject of any unread emails for you.
“Send an email to ….”
“Are there any voice mail messages for me”
Around the world
“What is the time in Sydney Australia?”
“How is the weather in Tokyo?”
“What is the capital of Kenya?”
Locations & directions
“What is the nearest bus stop station to my home”
“Give me directions to the closest Tim Hortons”
“List Italian restaurants in my area”
To learn more about using Siri, visit this demo video on YouTube:
Siri Demo Video