The flagship Australia Apple Store in Sydney will be one of the first places in the world that someone can buy an iPhone 6s on September 25. As expected, there's already a long line to get the phone outside that store, but one of the line's occupants isn't a person; it's a telepresence robot.
In the smartest time management yet seen in an iPhone line, Lucy Kelly has outsourced the job to a telepresence robot, also called Lucy. It is an iPad attached to a Segway-type device that allows a person to be somewhat physically present despite not being there.
The robot arrived to take the position of fourth-in-line at the flagship Apple Store on George Street at 5 a.m. Thursday, with Kelly communicating through it from 6 a.m. It is believed to be the first time a robot has lined up and purchased an iPhone.
Kelly works at a local media agency and controls the robot from that location. It will stay in line overnight inside a tent that includes a charger. Kelly will stay awake during that time and, if all goes as planned, she will be able to buy the iPhone 6s at the store with no direct human interaction.