A savvy Apple fan has sent a robot to queue for her iPhone 6s


It certainly beats sitting out in the cold.
Photo: Atomic 212

People are already camping out for the iPhone 6s, but one smart would-be customer from Australia has decided to dodge the queues — by sending a robot on her behalf.

Lucy Kelly dispatched the robot — a remote-controlled tablet attached to a Segway — to wait in line at the flagship Apple Store in Sydney, where the iPhone 6s will go on sale ahead of the rest of the world. It gives her the ability to join in the fun of waiting alongside eager Apple fans, without the negative part of standing around for hours in the cold.

Now why didn’t we think of that?

“I wanted to be one of the first people to have the iPhone 6s, but obviously because of work I can’t spend two days standing in line waiting for a mobile phone,” Kelly told Mashable.

Kelly works at a local media agency called Atomic 212, which bought six of the robots to “play with” in their office — although they’ve also been used to allow absent members of the team to virtually attend meetings. The robots were created by Double Robotics from Sunnyvale, California.

The robot is currently fourth in line outside the Apple Store, and Kelly says she hopes it will be able to purchase the iPhone on her behalf.

We do wonder how it’ll safely transport the much-anticipated iPhone 6s from the store to her possession, however!

In the meantime, Lucy Kelly says she’s not seeing any resentment from fellow line-waiters. “Everyone thinks it is pretty cool,” she said. “They were happy to let a robot go ahead.”

As for its creator: a smart Australian lady with a fondness for Apple products and Segways? If he wasn’t already married, we’d have thought this would’ve been Steve Wozniak’s dream date.


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