AutoWed: Romantic robo-weddings for geek love
Why drop thousands of dollars on a wedding ceremony when the robotic voice of Concept Shed's AutoWed will join you together in marriage for just one buck?
The cost of the recent royal nuptials over in England has been estimated at more than $20 million. The happy couple could have saved a lot of cash and hassle by getting hitched by the AutoWed instead.
The AutoWed is a one-off device built by Concept Shed for Marvin's Marvelous Mechanical Museum in Detroit. The creators describe it as part parking meter, part Cadillac, part cathedral, and a little bit steampunk. It stands an impressive 8 feet tall.
The Pepto Bismol-pink device lets users choose from straight, gay, lesbian, and Best Friends Forever unions. For $1, the machine dispenses a pair of plastic rings and a customized receipt for commemorating your special day.
The ceremony is accompanied with mechanized music and a stiffly robotic voice. It's like having Robby the Robot officiate at your wedding.
If you think programming in C++ is romantic or you have a gift registry at RadioShack, then this is the marriage ceremony for you and your sweetie.
AutoWed does give participants with cold feet a way out. "Press 1 for 'I do.' Press 2 for 'Escape.'"
There may be only one AutoWed out there right now, but Concept Shed is willing to take orders for more of the devices. This could become a common sight in every smoky casino corner in Las Vegas.