What do you do when you really want to buy the iPhone 6s, but cant get away from your job for the multiple days of waiting in line? If youre Lucy Kelly, a media agency employee from Sydney, Australia, you send a telepresence robot to wait in line for you, as reported by Mashable.
Kellys company, Atomic 212, has sourced and built six of the robots for use in itsoffice. Kellys supervisor has even attended meetings in Sydney using one of the robots, even though he was in Bali at the time. Right now, the telepresence robot is fourth in line at Sydneys flagship Apple Store.
The robot, named after its human counterpart, Lucy, is an iPad attached to a Segway-like device, and it allows Kelly to be in line without physically being there. The robot arrived at the George Street Apple Store at 5 a.m. local time on Sept. 24. Were pretty sure this is the first time that a robot has lined up to purchase an iPhone.
Kellys plan is for the robot to handle all aspects of the transaction, waiting in line for the night in a special tent that comes complete with a charger to keep it charged and shelter it from the rain. Kelly says she will stay online the entire time, controlling the robot, and plans to have the purchase made without any human interaction on her part.
This is a really cool concept, but looking at the robot, Im not sure its going to work. Lucy doesnt appear to have any hands, and Im worried that Apple Store employees wont allow the robot to complete the transaction anyways. Remember, theres no Apple Pay in Australia just yet, and even if Apple Pay was an option, theres no way to register the fingerprint from across town. So, how will the robot present payment for the purchase? Assuming the robot is able to complete the transaction, how will it carry the iPhone to its owner?
Maybe the Apple Store employees can tie the bag around the robots speaker. Then again, maybe Kelly is really going to show up at the last minute, laugh, and say, You really thought a robot could buy an iPhone? Here I am.