updated 10:15 am EDT, Tue October 25, 2011
ThinkGeek Iris 9000 recalls HAL 9000 for iOS users
ThinkGeek quickly leapt on the personality of Siri in the iPhone 4S on Tuesday by previewing Iris 9000, a remote voice control add-on for the new phone. Very clearly based on 2001's HAL 9000, the combination dock, microphone, and speaker uses a remote to trigger Siri and should pick up voice commands from up to 50 feet away. Along with amplifying Siri's spoken results, its central red LED light will glow in tune with the response to recreate HAL's look from the movie.
Along with freeing iPhone owners from having to grab the phone to make a Siri command, it should also serve as a speakerphone. The dock and audio are joined together and will charge the iPhone at the same time.
Having been designed less than two weeks after the iPhone 4S it requires was released, the Iris 9000 isn't due to ship until 2012. When it does, it's expected to cost $60.
The device was almost certainly inspired by some of the Easter eggs in Siri's commands, which plays off of the HAL 9000 connection. It has several answers to requests to "open the pod bay doors" and, when asked if it can sing, responds with the opening line to "Daisy."