Adafruit HAL 9000 Repsimile

Aaaaaaaaand we have a serious new contender for the title of Best Who’s-in-the-Box Ever. Adafruit senior designer Phillip Burgess was inspired by customers’ observations that their new-ish 10 cm “Massive Red Arcade Button” looks a lot like the iconic eye of Clarke and Kubrick’s famously malevolent mainframe. Here’s Phil, getting consistently outwitted by his creation at every turn:

For sheer comedic value, I think Brooklynite Dave Rogge’s 2012 David-Lee-Roth-in-the-Box still holds top honors, but HAL definitely wins out in the Overall Geek Cred and Enclosure Design categories. Looks like the swimsuit competition will be the deciding factor again this year.

Affordable HAL 9000 Replica | Adafruit Learning System

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Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • Sean Michael Ragan

    Which last, awful joke gives me an equally awful idea for what will surely be the winning entry in the design contest that inevitably results from this trend: Miss America-in-a-Box. Push the button, get a random question and answer from the onstage interview portion of the famous contest. All the intellectual stimulation of a beauty pageant, with none of the distracting visuals. Oooooooo, social commentary! ;)