Unless you have a thicker than thick accent (I live in New York and we have plenty), or have a speech impediment, you have to be impressed with what Apple has done with Siri, the intelligent assistant. Using Siri makes certain tasks not only easier, but pleasant.
Siri and natural language communication is part of a new revolution of Mac apps that do more, but seem easier to use. Siri is complex, and requires a lot of horsepower to work.
That same ease-of-use has inspired many iPhone and iPad apps, which, in turn, are inspiring similar works for Mac users. My latest find is Due, a natural language Mac app that handles reminders.
There’s no Siri interface yet, but Due works more traditionally via the Mac’s keyboard. Type in a reminder and use natural language.
- Pick up training materials next Friday at 3PM
- Make dinner reservation for Sunday at 8PM
- Call mom and dad Sunday morning at 9AM
See? Simple. Due remembers what you typed, and confirms each entry. Then, it reminds you when due.
Use Due’s built-in snooze function to give you a heads up warning when something is due. Reminders can be repeated. Also built-in are timers that work similar to Siri’s.
Here’s the best part, and why Due is merely one of a generation of new reminder assistants– it syncs with iPHone and iPad versions (Dropbox or iPad).
All we need now is for Apple to dump Siri onto the Mac, give developers some tools to bring Siri into their apps, and the future of human and computer personal interaction begins.
Due also shows you the trend toward app development is from iOS to Mac OS, not the other way around.
Due for iPhone and iPad are stellar performers. Due for Mac is a bit buggy, but very useful. What’s also interesting is the price. The Mac version is double that of the iOS version.
I wonder about such apps in the face of Mac OS X Mountain Lion, which will have Reminders and Notifications built-in. Due is decent, but priced too high without a trial option.