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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The Pixar movies have spawned a multi-billion dollar merchandising bonanza. And as kids know, in toy form these characters aren’t limited to playing their specific roles from the movies. Want some of the Cars to have different paint jobs and guns? That can happen. Want the Monsters Inc. monsters to be cuddly and cute instead of scary? That’s possible too. And if you want Rex and Woody to join Buzz Lightyear in an outer space adventure, putting them in spacesuits is completely legitimate.
Mattel is releasing a new line of Toy Story toys called Toy Story: Space Mission and to help with promotion, they’ve teamed up with Disney to make an official stop motion short film using the new toys. Watch Buzz, Woody and Rex take on Zurg after the jump. Read More »
Little known fact: I collect Hallmark Ornaments. It’s a very expensive hobby my mother got me into when I was still in elementary school. Every July, she and I would go to the store on the day that Hallmark first released their ornaments for that year and we’d buy all the cool ones. This was a tradition that probably would have faded away as I grew older if Hallmark didn’t start making ornaments out of awesome licenses like Star Wars and Star Trek. Now, they’re in bed with almost everyone making ornaments of comic book characters, Disney films, TV shows, holiday classics like A Christmas Story and even new movies like The Twilight Saga: Eclipse and Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 in addition to all the traditional stuff too. After the jump, check out a huge gallery of the 2011 Hallmark Keepsake Ornaments that are inspired by pop culture properties. Read More »
Once the Super Bowl commercial dust finally settled, it seemed like Transformers: Dark of the Moon got lost in shuffle. Everyone was talking about their love for Super 8 and excitement at finally seeing Captain America: The First Avenger but what about good old Sam Witwicky and Bumblebee? The fact of the matter is we’ve already seen two Transformers movies and we fully expect director Michael Bay to amp up the action to an even higher degree the third time around. That’s what the 30-second spot delivered. We got some enticing little glimpses of new robots and stars and then some final shots of Optimus Prime flying down onto the street, releasing something off his back and then going on an ass-kicking rampage of epic proportions. Expectations met.
But the commercial begged the question, what is going on with Optimus Prime? Does he have wings of something? io9 might have the answer as they’ve uncovered the official Optimus Prime toy from the film, plus we grabbed a few screen shots like the one above to illustrate. Read More »
Christmas is right around the corner and though it might be a little too late, this would make the perfect stocking stuffer for any Stanley Kubrick fan in your house. Sporting an incredible zero points of articulation, here’s the 2001: A Space Odyssey action figure you’ve been waiting for: The Monolith! Read a full description and see the packaging after the jump. Read More »
Are you a little disappointed in the lack of collectible-quality Tron Legacy toys/statues? Hot Toys has announced they will be producing a TRON: Legacy: 1/6th scale Sam Flynn Collectible Figure with Light Cycle.
The set is specially equipped with the Light Cycle with LED light-up function, together with the highly detailed Sam Flynn collectible which is specially crafted based on the image of Garrett Hedlund in the movie, highlighting the newly sculpted heads and light-up Tron Warrior suit.
Hit the jump to see more photos and find out more information about the figure.
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Most film geeks will recognize the Bad Robot logo (pictured above) which can be found attached to most of JJ Abrams-produced/directed projects, movies and television series such as Lost, Fringe, Star Trek, Cloverfield and the upcoming Super 8. Quantum Mechanix is producing a Limited Edition Maquette based on the production company mascot.
Offered to the public for the first time, this mischievous mascot of Bad Robot Productions stands 10 inches tall and is cast in solid polystone. Sculpted from the original digital model, each statue in this 1,000-unit edition is hand painted in exceptional detail and features modular arms.
Included with the statue is an optional modular arm containing a cup of Slusho, the frozen drink which has appeared in many of Abrams films and shows. Each Bad Robot maquette is on sale for $89.95, individually numbered, and comes with a certificate of authenticity. Hit the jump to see some images of the figure.
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