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Iris 9000 makes Space Odyssey look eerily real

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Iris 9000 makes Space Odyssey look eerily real
Sometimes all it takes is a little push and what follows is an avalanche of ideas. Siri is not exactly a small push – it's the end-product of some 40 years of research, but up until now it saw little real-world use. Port it to the iPhone – and this changes everything. When we first saw Siri, we thought it was sci-fi, but we also thought talking to your phone would get worn out really soon if it wasn't really the top notch errorless experience from sci-fi movies. Well, it turns out Siri has its limitations after all, so that's why the following addition is more than welcome for your humble personal voice assistant.

Iris 9000, named after the famous Space Odyssey saga robot, is the very first accessory for Siri. It's a voice control module made by ThinkGeek but it has one big advantage – you could control from across the room. To do this, you'd just need to dock your iPhone into the cradle that's coming with Iris 9000. Now, the rectangular retro futuristic gizmo that the device is, actually sports a microphone which will detect your voice and listen to you from 50 feet away. That's where the magic happens – sadly, you'd need to use a miniature microphone to make Siri listen, which ruins the magic a bit, but it seems like the day when our devices will constantly listen to us nears. 

Iris 9000 is only compatible with the iPhone 4S and doubles as a capable speakerphone. Check out the mind boggling video below and hit the source if you're interested – the device is coming in Spring 2012 for $59.99.

source: ThinkGeek via 9to5Mac

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posted on 25 Oct 2011, 09:49 5

1. Mozarrt (Posts: 295; Member since: 08 Oct 2011)


Obviously she can't let you do that Dave.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:33 3

2. WirelessCon (Posts: 309; Member since: 11 May 2010)


Wow, that is so cool, for about 30 seconds.
Hopefully they make a ton of money.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 10:34

3. chuckyoo (Posts: 34; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


plain stupid.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 11:39 3

4. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


This is dumb. I could maybe see this tech being built in to Bose Stereo docks, where the iPod remote has a built-in mic, but a stand-alone Siri speaker for $60? Now I have to choose which dock I put my phone in....stereo or Iris. I choose brain smattering Rock music over Siri's "soothing" voice any day.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 11:41 4

5. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


Would maybe be useful if it included a PA-type function.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 13:40 4

6. vette21man (Posts: 351; Member since: 06 Apr 2011)


As in "Public Announcement," not "Phone Arena."

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 17:59

7. ibap (Posts: 695; Member since: 09 Sep 2009)


MY NAME IS IRIS and in the current spirit of litigation, I'll sue them for using my name without my consent.

posted on 25 Oct 2011, 18:28 1

8. SavageLucy42 (Posts: 211; Member since: 24 Mar 2011)


I love it. I want one. Although I don't use Apple products so it'd have to be made compatible with some other phones...

posted on 26 Oct 2011, 10:42

9. hltechie (Posts: 118; Member since: 08 May 2009)


I don't really see how this would be really useful or practical in everyday use. However if you are really into 2001 A Space Odyssey or have $59.99 of disposable income then go for it. Really cool looking though.

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