HAL-9000 Replica Boasts Amazon Alexa Integration But Can't Open Pod Bay Doors, Dave
Wouldn't it be cool if Alexa laughed in HAL's creepily calm voice? That would be fun. Master Replicas Group is the real deal when it comes to making movie prop replicas. The company produced a line of Star Wars and Star Trek gear that geeks went nuts over for years. However, the company went out of business a decade ago and has recently made a comeback. Thanks to the license from Warner Bros., Master Replicas Group's device is an exact replica of what was used on set and lands just in time for the film to celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. The base for the entire model is an Amazon Fire HD tablet and it has extra lights, microphones, speakers, and custom software installed. The replica is loaded with lines from the film and can say them with Alexa's wake words.
It also has all the features that Amazon Echo offers and can tell you the weather or news in Alexa's voice. Orders will start in April with deliveries in August or September. In April, there will be a special Kickstarter for numbered versions of 1-2001, pricing is unannounced at this time. It's worth noting that the company is trying to get Amazon's permission to completely replace Alexa's voice with HAL's voice.