HAL 9000 interface from 2001: A Space Odyssey. HAL was the computer who went nuts on the spacecraft Discovery en route to Jupiter in the 1968 film and its 1984 sequel, 2010.
About this creation
"I enjoy working with humans, and have the greatest enthusiasm for the mission." - HAL 9000 computer, of the spacecraft Discovery.
As everyone knows, HAL went whack during the flight to Jupiter and Dave Bowman had to take manual control. Even though HAL controlled the entire spacecraft, the only external interface we really see is of a tall video camera panel and speaker grille with his name printed on it. (Is it any coincidence that HAL's primary interface is so reminiscent of the black monolith that started his descent into insanity?)
UPDATE: LDraw file and instructions are now available on BrickShelf: Instructions.
LEGO HAL 9000 Specifications
32 studs tall
10 studs + 2 tiles wide
2 bricks, 1 plate thick
6 x 6 camera lens
Camera "eye" lights up
Sides are 2x2 bley tiles held on with SNOT bricks
Front detaches easily
Interior contains lighting mechanism from ExoForce set
Does not try to kill everyone in sight
Although deceptively simple, this LEGO rendition of HAL's interface took a bit of fiddling. I've always been impressed with MOCs and official sets that look like the parts were made to go together exactly that way; when you look at it you say, "Well, DUH" at how obvious it all is. This is the closest I've gotten to a MOC like that... the camera eye, arches around curved bricks, and the lighting mechanism all combined made me giggle, "that's so frikkin' COOL!" In all honesty, it's hard to convey through pictures, especially the way the lens lights up.
If there's enough interest, I'll try to put together LDraw instructions. I mean, who wouldn't want a HAL 9000 interface on their desk?
Shane you gots to watch the movie noted above! It's excellent, if a little hard to understand. I just noticed it does resemble the monolith, way kool, but what do you mean by "started his descent into insanity"? Are you refering to Dave? Does any one know the meaning of the movie? Either way, excellent, I would love to have one on my desk! =)
Very nice work Bink/Kelly.
I only read the book, so I'm unsure as to how it should look, but it does have a very unique build. Love the way the the camera-thing is attached.
I like it
May 13, 2007
"Dave,that's not the right button,Dave,"I saw this movie when I was 6 and totally freaked when Bowman got flung through space and time,so I never saw the end.Can someone tell me?This is really cool,my GPS is named HAL :)