We’re not talking about Dr. Dave Bowman or one of the other astronauts on the mysterious space mission. No, we’re talking about HAL, the soft-spoken computer-turned-psychopath.
MRG has created a Warner Bros.-approved “beautiful prop replica” that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker. Actually, there are two versions of the resurrected HAL — the wall-mountable Command Console (left in photo) and the slender Bluetooth Speaker Edition that comes with a stand/power supply.
The company raised $650,475 on Indiegogo earlier this year to fund development of the speaker and console, far exceeding its original goal of $80,000. Prices are $499 and $999, respectively, and delivery is slated for January and March 2019.
Built to scale from the original studio blueprints, the HAL 9000 Bluetooth Speaker features a glass eye lens, brushed aluminum faceplate, extruded aluminum trim, and built-in magnets for mounting on a desk or wall. An LED in the eye lens provides a red glow that looks just like the prop seen in the film.
The HAL 9000 Command Console is actually an Alexa-enabled smart speaker/digital assistant that accepts voice commands and “responds with appropriate audio clips and video displays.” The console is backlit with color-selectable bias lighting and features a removable HAL 9000 Bluetooth speaker and a bank of ten backlit control buttons for selecting graphics and controlling/interacting with HAL. MRG plans to make only 2001 consoles, each of which will be numbered and accompanied by a signed Limited Edition certificate.
In the clip below, director David Fincher talks about seeing 2001: A Space Odyssey in 1968 as part of a double feature with the Beatles’ Yellow Submarine.