For those who can’t stop thinking about 2001: A Space Oddysey when talking to voice assistants, this HAL-9000 replica is actually based on Amazon Echo technology. It also uses a Amazon Fire HD tablet for a screen, alongside lights, speakers, and microphones. #objectmagic
This means you’re looking at a fully functional HAL-9000 ready to greet you, Dave.
In the demo above, the user asks a question and receives a reply with HAL’s voice, then moving to the friendlier, less-threatening Alexa to inquire about the weather.
2018 marks the 50th anniversary of 2001: A Space Oddysey and the company behind this HAL-9000 replica, Dymszo, has big plans for it.
Right now, the replica only has lines from the film, but Dymszo wants to get Amazon’s approval so that Alexa will only speak in HAL’s voice, for maximum immersion.
There’s no telling if that will happen soon but we know when you’ll be able to get this amazing prop at home. The HAL-9000 Alexa replica will be available either via preorder or through Kickstarter sometime in April, while delivery will happen at the end of Summer.