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IRIS 9000 transforms your iPhone 4S into HAL 9000



When Siri made it's debut earlier this month, one of the first things I thought was that it was like having your own HAL 9000. Do you remember HAL? He was the intelligent computer from the movie 2001: A space odyssey who uttered the famous "Hello, Dave" phrase. Well it didn't take the folks at Think Geek long to pick up on the possibilities and today they announced the IRIS 9000.


The IRIS 9000 (that's Siri backwards, btw) is a voice control module for iPhone 4S fashioned as a miniature version of the HAL 9000. Place your iPhone 4S in the docking cradle and use the included remote to trigger Siri from up to 50 feet away. Then talk to Siri and get your answers or make calls from across the room. A built-in microphone and the speaker amplifies Siri's responses. And when Siri speaks the red "eye" on the IRIS 9000 flickers, just like HAL's did. You also can use it as a standard speakerphone for making and receiving calls, but it's only compatible with the iPhone 4S.

The IRIS 9000 will be available in Spring 2012 for $59.99 and you can send ThinkGeek your email address now to get notification when it's available.

This is going to be a hot ticket when it comes out. If it's not too late, however, I'd like to see the design changed to add an HDMI out for connection to large displays. The power of Siri is not just in the voice but also in the information provided. Having the ability to view that information on your TV would bring this accessory up a notch. Of course if you have an Apple TV you can connect wirelessly via AirPlay with iOS 5, but not everyone has that setup. Hey Geeks, are you listening?


[Last modified: Tuesday, October 25, 2011 11:46am]


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