Movie-accurate HAL 9000 bosses you around the house

Bring one of the most famous space personalities into your home with a life-size HAL 9000 replica based on the movie's original blueprints.

HAL 9000
I'm sorry, Dave. ThinkGeek

ThinkGeek boasts that the HAL 9000 life-size replica is the "most movie-accurate HAL 9000 replica ever created." Let's hope it's only movie-accurate enough to be entertaining and not deadly.

If you're a fan of HAL 9000 and want to bring a little bit of that relentless robotic terror into your home, you can plunk down $500 for a sentient computer of your own (minus the actual sentience.) This HAL 9000 is better-behaved than the real thing. You still get the menacing red LED eye, but he won't try to kill you.

There's a reason for the hefty price tag. The replica is machined from aircraft-grade aluminum. It's based on blueprints and studio files from the original movie. There's a glass lens over the LED eye and the whole thing is hand-assembled.

Of course, this wouldn't be HAL 9000 if he didn't talk back. You can trigger him by talking to him for longer than 1.2 seconds. He can also be triggered by IR remote. He comes back with one of 15 phrases taken from the film. He might even sing "Daisy Bell" to you if you're lucky.

Unlike movie-HAL, replica-HAL can be shut off when you're tired of him calling you "Dave." It's recommended that you don't taunt the HAL 9000 replica as you don't want to hurt his feelings. There's probably nothing he could do about it if you did, but I think we all want to be on the safe side with this particular product.

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET's Crave blog. When not wallowing in weird gadgets and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.

 

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