Have you ever thought to yourself, “Man, my house could really use an evil artificial intelligence hell-bent on destroying me?” Is your name Dave? Then you’ll love this life-size replica of HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
The guys at ThinkGeek have managed to recreate the creepy machine, using actual studio blueprints from the 1968 film. The rare and expensive Nikkor lens used in the studio prop has been replicated with a sticker matching the original lens for absolute accuracy.
The rest of HAL 9000’s body is made from machined 6061 aircraft-grade aluminium, which has been anodised for the black parts. And naturally, there’s a red LED eye for the perfect level of spine-tingling creepiness.
But aside from just looking amazing, this thing actually feels amazing. Turn the lens to activate it, and HAL 9000 will talk.15 quotes from the movie are randomly cycled through when you point pretty much any IR remote at the device and press a button.
Or alternatively, you can talk to HAL 9000 to get a response. When conversed with for over 1.2 seconds, the wall-mounted device will respond with one of the key phrases from the film. The whole device runs off a single nine volt battery.
Hand crafted for absolute accuracy, the HAL 9000 replica will set you back $US499.