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Here's a bad idea: you can now own a personal HAL-9000

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Aug 2, 2018

When you watched Stanley Kubrick’s classic sci-fi epic 2001: A Space Odyssey (which, incidentally, turned 50 this year), you probably watched the psychotic supercomputer HAL-9000 try (and partially succeed) in killing off his spaceship’s crew and thought “I gotta get me one of those.” That’s what Master Replicas Group is banking on, anyways, as it’s releasing not one but two personal versions of the rogue machine.

Though, to be fair, this is mostly the fault of the fans. According to Engadget, Master Replicas Group’s Indiegogo campaign for the devices hit 358% funding, proving that fans love 2001 and perhaps don’t have the best sense of self-preservation. If they’re being built already, there’s probably no harm in showing off their features, although you should stay away from any pod bay doors.

This video gives you an idea of what you can expect from the products:

The entry-level HAL is a small rectangular HAL that comes with the computer’s iconic red eye and plenty of magnets for putting on a metal surface. Its Bluetooth capabilities allow you to send any audio to the glorified speaker, but will run you either $419 or $599, depending on how early you are to the party.

But if you want to really be fancy when decorating your house with murderous machines, you can invest in the $1,199 ( $889 if you’re early) model. This limited run edition (2,001 units, ha) comes with a replica command console along with its HAL, and the computer’s Bluetooth has been enhanced with the ability to recognize voice commands and respond with lines from 2001: A Space Odyssey. The console can connect to the internet, allowing for updates in functionality and the ever-tantalizing potential for it to slowly become evil. Hey, it’s your funeral.

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