Replica of HAL 9000 from ‘2001: A Space Odyssey’ teams with Amazon for special ‘Alexa’ release
2001: A Space Odyssey, the brilliant 1968 science-fiction film produced and directed by Stanley Kubrick, is critically considered to be one of the greatest films of all time.
HAL 9000, the iconic fictional character artificial intelligence supercomputer which was first seen in Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece, is the main antagonist in Arthur C. Clarke’s Space Odyssey series. Mostly depicted as a camera lens containing a red or yellow dot for the majority of the film, HAL 9000 was made famous by the soft, calming and conversation voice of Douglas Rain.
The role became central to the film’s surge in popularity and now, in an exciting development, fans of 2001: A Space Odyssey could now have their own version of HAL 9000 in their homes. The iconic of sci-fi computer has been recreated in great detail by company Master Replicas Group. Joining forces with Amazon’s echo technology, HAL 9000 with be turned into a buyable ‘personal assistant’.
The startup company, who originally worked to produce a unique line of pricey replicas from numerous different sci-fi classics, closed their doors in 2008 after poor sales. However, former employees of the company have created a new venture with the creation of official licensed collectibles that are inspired by the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Odyssey.
HAL 9000 uses a FIRE HD as its base and the Alexa voice assistant of Amazon’s and, quite obviously, it is not quite as powerful as the supercomputer you see in the film. The new product currently only responds to wake up calls with lines from the movie but CEO Steve Dymszo told The Verge that they hope to get Amazon’s approval to have it answer inquiries with HAL’s voice: “It’s the first prop replica that can be updated,” he said.
Despite the exciting development, the new HAL 9000 won’t come cheap and you will have to dig deep if you are thinking about purchasing the replica. Early price comparisons suggest that supercomputer replicas are currently on pre-order on the website for a cool $999.
Check out the HAL-9000’s classic scene and the Master Replica product video below: