Meet Siri's HAL-like evil twin, IRIS 9000

The iPhone 4S's voice-activated assistant, Siri, works great from up close, but what about from across the room? That's where IRIS 9000 comes in, HAL's primitive cousin.

IRIS 9000 is essentially a dock for the iPhone 4S that includes a remote with a mic. Simply hit a button on the remote, talk into it, and Siri will respond to you from across the room via a built-in speaker. You can use it as a speakerphone, have it look up info for you, or have it send texts while you're sitting on the couch.

Of course, you can do all these things by just keeping your phone in your pocket instead of in a dock across the room, but that option doesn't give you the excuse of putting one of HAL's ancestors on your desk, does it?

IRIS 9000 is available for pre-order now and should ship next spring.

Via ThinkGeek

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