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How to make your iPhone look like HAL 9000's nicer sister

It's no secret that I have a love/hate relationship with Siri — the virtual assistant built into my iPhone 4S — but even I have to admit that she's a real peach in comparison to an artificial intelligence personality such as HAL 9000 of "Space Odyssey" fame.

That doesn't mean that I wouldn't get a kick out of making her look like that evil AI's nicer sister though. And thanks to the folks at ThinkGeek, I can do just that.

You see, those clever — and occasionally silly — individuals have decided to create something they call IRIS 9000.

IRIS 9000 is basically a voice control module for the iPhone 4S. It comes with a buit-in microphone which can pick up your voice from a distance as well as a remote control which can be used to trigger the Siri feature from up to 50 feet away. Oh, and as a bonus: There's a creepy red "eye" on the accessory which flickers and glows along with Siri's voice.

To see how all that looks in action, take a peek at this video demo:

IRIS 9000 is priced at $59.99 and should become available in early 2012.

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