Iris 9000 makes Space Odyssey look eerily real

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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9 Comments

1. Mozarrt

Posts: 301; Member since: Oct 08, 2011

Obviously she can't let you do that Dave.

2. WirelessCon

Posts: 311; Member since: May 11, 2010

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

3. chuckyoo

Posts: 34; Member since: Oct 18, 2011

plain stupid.

4. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 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.

5. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

6. vette21man

Posts: 351; Member since: Apr 06, 2011

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

7. ibap

Posts: 867; Member since: Sep 09, 2009

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

8. SavageLucy42

Posts: 211; Member since: Mar 24, 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...

9. hltechie unregistered

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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