Is it just me, or does the iSight look like the HAL 9000?

by Derrick Story

I have my new Apple iSight mounted on my TiBook as I'm working here at the O'Reilly campus. During the last week, it's become a very popular topic of discussion, both online and in person.





HAL 9000

The HAL 9000 from Stanley Kubrick's, "2001: A Space Odyssey" and Apple's Y2K ad.






Apple iSight

Here's the new iSight. Is it HAL's progeny? Should I be concerned?



Just in jest, I happened to mention that when I'm not conferencing, it would be an excellent tool for grating Parmesan cheese for my salad. I could be mistaken, but I thought I saw it blink after that comment...



Then it dawned on me that my sweet little iSight looks a lot like the HAL 9000 Apple featured in its Y2K Super Bowl ad. Take a look for yourself.



Well, it was probably nothing. But I think I'm going to keep the iSight's lens shutter closed during future joke-making about Apple hardware. Just in case.


16 Comments

anonymous2
2003-07-02 16:49:18
it does
Hilarious!


I would buy one now but i have no one to vid chat with :(

anonymous2
2003-07-02 20:35:55
Isight Web Chat Rooms
Is anyone delevoping a Isight chat room similar to Yahoo or MSN rooms?
sjk
2003-07-02 21:22:13
iChat community
Well, you can go to http://www.dotmac.info/index.html/chat/people/ and meet a stranger. :-)
anonymous2
2003-07-03 08:02:56
HAL 9000?
Since the interface for the HAL 9000 computer included not only the lens but a flat veticle panel, I'd say the iSight looks nothing like it. Any camera with a large lens would like like the iSight head on (if you ignore the camera body). Must be a slow day! ;-]
anonymous2
2003-07-03 08:05:34
HAL 9000?
Let me correct my spelling. Sorry.


Since the interface for the HAL 9000 computer included not only the lens but a flat vertical panel, I'd say the iSight looks nothing like it. Any long vocal length camera lens would look like the iSight head on (if you ignore the camera body). Must be a slow day! ;-]

derrick
2003-07-03 08:19:16
Re: HAL 9000?
Ha! Anything but slow around here. Just having a little fun to break up the work. :)
anonymous2
2003-07-03 09:48:06
iChat community
thanks. i think i am going to wait until my G5 then pick up the isight at the same time.


anonymous2
2003-07-03 10:52:07
I agree.
I agree. In 2001, you tended to focus on "The Lens" as the embodiment of HAL. Since the iSight is *all* lens, it certainly looks much more like HAL than anything else out there.


But since it's a Mac, it must be HAL's easy-going brother PAL.


BTW: If you have no one to chat with, do what I'm doing -- buy two of them. It's way cheaper than a plane ticket to your parents.

anonymous2
2003-07-04 20:49:29
eMac in Back to the Future
The eMac appeared in BTTF part 2 or 3 I can't remember which right now. In the movie its seen in the background as an old fashioned TV. Not exactly an eMac but pretty darned close if you ask me...
snaggy
2003-07-04 20:54:29
Derrick... Derrick...
Derrick...


Open the lens shutter doors please.


Derrick. Open the lens shutter doors please.


I know things haven't been quite right with me, but I can assure you, very confidently, that they are going to be alright again.


Derrick. Stop.
Stop Derrick.
Stop.


Derrick, Derrick...
give me your answer true...
I ' m h a l f
c r a
z y ....


:-)

anonymous2
2003-07-04 23:35:44
Derrick... Derrick...
What was that? A love letter to Derrick?!
derrick
2003-07-06 16:37:15
This is worth a smile...
Have you seen this cool spoof of the iSight on MacEdition? Funny!
anonymous2
2003-08-18 22:49:13
hey u...
anonymous2
2003-08-18 22:50:22
hey u...
i am trying to build a community for isight.
u r more than welcome.
induztria.com/isight
to sign in.
see u.
anonymous2
2003-10-31 10:49:29
APPLES VIEW
I think apple thinks it looks like HAL
look in: HD/library/audio/plug-ins/HAL
anonymous2
2003-11-29 09:55:19
Isight Web Chat Rooms
good idea