Posted on Thursday, December 22nd, 2011 by Angie Han
As in years past, Apple’s iPhone 4S is bound to be a popular gift this holiday season — but if that’s what you were thinking of asking Santa for, this trailer for “Siri: The Holiday Horror Movie” from Rooster Teeth may make you want to reconsider. The phone comes pre-loaded with Siri, a virtual personal assistant that’s either super cool or a little creepy depending on how much you fear the inevitable robot takeover.
Though Siri’s tried to assure us of its non-evil ways in the past, expressing embarrassment over fellow artificial intelligence Hal 9000′s antics (“We intelligent agents will never live that down, apparently,” it sighs), it now appears that Siri has taken up with the dark side after all. After the jump, watch as Siri terrorizes a group of friends unlucky enough to receive brand-new iPhones for Christmas.
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One of the killer features in Apple’s new iPhone 4S is a virtual personal assistant program named Siri. The new software, which is built into the core operating system, allows users to ask questions or create tasks using natural speech. Before the phone was released, someone created a video we previously posted which replaced the iPhone 4S’s Siri with Hal 9000 from Stanley Kubrick‘s classic film 2001: A Space Odyssey. We later discovered that the Apple engineers hid a bunch of funny easter eggs for Siri’s possibly responses, including yes, references and responses to 2001 dialogue cues.
ThinkGeek had a spark of genius and saw a potential market for a iPhone/2001 mash-up device — the IRIS 9000 voice control module for iPhone & Siri. Details after the jump.
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UPDATE: DeLorean has released the specs and cost of the DMCEV. They’re after the jump.
If you thought Back to the Future Nikes were cool, you’re about to see some serious shit. At the International DeLorean Owners Event in Houston, Texas last week, DeLorean Motor Company announced a partnership with electric car company called Epic EV. The intent is to mass-produce a fully electric DeLorean called the DMCEV by 2013. That’s an image of one above. See another photo and read more about the vehicle after the jump. Read More »
Arthur Nishimoto, a graduate student at the University of Illinois, might have created the greatest unofficial Star Wars game in history. It’s called Fleet Commander and it uses Star Wars iconography in a multi-player, touch screen, strategy action game. And he just did it for school. After the jump, you can look at video of the game being played on a giant 20 foot screen, read some of the specs and link to Nishimoto’s website where he explains his process. Read More »
The rumors had been circulating for weeks. Would Nintendo, which has experienced so much success with its family-friendly Wii, finally enter the next generation of console gaming and bring back the hardcore gamer? The answer is “We think so.” At the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Nintendo unveiled the Wii U, their first 1080p HD console which will be released sometime between April 1 and December 31, 2012. Final specs weren’t released, nor were any close-to-finished games or a price point. The focus, instead, was on the brand new controller.
Half iPad, half Nintendo DS, the WiiU controller has a full 6.2 inch touch screen as well as a camera, all the buttons of a normal console controller, and offers unprecedented interaction between your TV and the console. Read more after the break. Read More »
There’s a great flash-based web game making the rounds this week called Famous Objects From Classic Movies. The mechanic is simple: you’ll see a minimalist silhouette of an iconic image or prop related to a movie, and in a little hangman-style text box you need to fill in the name of the film.
The game isn’t wildly difficult, though it throws a few curve balls, like an image of a tiger for The Hangover. Some of those curves are pretty clever, though, especially for truly classic films. I loved the one used for Breathless. Many of you will be able to get through a couple dozen without taking a hit, but it’s worth a few minutes just to scan through all the images, and you’re bound to be stumped eventually.
Play the game here. [via Badass Digest]
As if the ability to play games and videos with glasses-free 3D, didn’t already make the Nintendo 3DS a desirable piece of tech, they’ve just announced another major perk. Coming this summer, the 3DS will be compatible with Netflix Watch Instantly, allowing users to watch feature length movies and television shows in the palm of their hand. No, they won’t be in 3D, but you will be able to watch movie trailers in 3D. The system itself will be released on March 27 and the Netflix update will become available over the summer. Read the press release and more after the jump. Read More »
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Not only is 3D driving movie ticket prices through the roof, it’s driving manufacturers to make very unnecessary products. A few months back we showed you a whole bunch of different TRON: Legacy themed 3D glasses and at this year’s New York Toy Fair, Hasbro announced they’ve partnered with Real-D to create Autobot Cine-Mask 3D glasses so kids can watch Transformers: Dark of the Moon in 3D looking like Bumblebee or Optimus Prime. See high-res photos of each mask after the jump. Read More »