Off-Topic: iPhone 4S and Voice Recognition (in Scotland)

If you're a sad geek like me you tried to follow the Apple announcements last night despite one live blogging service after another collapsing. The Siri announcement is certainly the most potentially disruptive thing out of that press conference. For those who didn't follow, Siri is a beta service that will be embedded in the iPhone 4S and allows you to boss your phone around vocally (though it'll answer, so I'm guessing a little respect might be in order if you don't want your phone to snap back at you in public…)

I don't know how likely wide adoption is for such a service. Voice recognition on phones isn't new and generally people don't use it because talking to an appliance makes them feel like dicks in public. Another reason though might simply be that in this globalised world, there isn't one or even ten ways to speak a language, there's hundreds, and the chances of a voice recognition software understanding English with a Texan, Punjabi or Japanese accent is close to nil. Certainly, when it comes to Scottish accent, the following hilarious clip from Burnistoun suggests that we're in for a frustrating time…