Dexetra, the creators of Iris. It's available on the Android Marketplace.
I installed Iris and decided to have a little fun with it. And in return I guess Iris decided to have a little fun with me.
I tried to ask it two questions:
must be my Scottish ancestry). Iris kept confusing 'Tuck' with 'Talk', with the amusing results you see.
While Siri is still in beta, Iris is definitely in alpha. While I've only shown a few questions, Iris, when you're careful what you ask, is surprisingly good at finding answers (which, come to think if it, is the way most flesh-and-blood people are as well).
I wonder if Iris is capable of passing the Turing test in its current state. The answer is probably no, but then I know a lot of flesh-and-blood people who couldn't pass it either.
The foundation for building verbal assistants such as Iris already exists on Android. It's just a matter of mashing up the various bits to create something useful. This is one reason why I like Android. It's the 21st century digital equivalent of those old electronic learning labs I had when I was a kid. The Android platform contains a rich environment of services and functionality for writing just about anything.