Tired of waiting in lines? Why not send your iPad to stand in line for you instead?
An intuitive Australian women decided that instead of standing in a long line to wait for the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus, she would use a telepresence robot to stand in the line for her.
The 22 year old named Lucy Kelly, was the face and voice of the unusual looking device that she had constructed to que in line instead of her physical self. She attached an iPad to a remote controlled Segway styled scooter which she parked outside the Apple store in Sydney 27 hours prior to the sale launch of the new iPhone 6s and 6s Plus.
"It's a clear demonstration of the future and what's coming," Kelly told media reporters after becoming one of the first owners of one of each of the new phones.
The unusual device stood in line with other excited Apple fans until the Apple store doors opened, the device was amongst the first to be taken inside before being taken to the upper level of the store via a lift in its case to make Kelly’s requested purchases.
Kelly, whose face appeared on the iPad screen, was able to speak to Apple staff and give her permission to use the credit card she had stuck to her small scooter.
The marketing manager said the idea came about as she was lamenting to her boss that she couldn't be in two places at once, spending two days in the queue as well as being at work. Between them they hatched a plan to use the robot, which colleagues checked on from time to time.
Once payment was made, the Apple staff "just put my iPhones in a bag for me and hung it on my microphone," she added.
Kelly then remotely wheeled her device out of the store and through Sydney's city centre where some of her colleagues were able to collect her phones for her.
Kelly's robot helper was one of hundreds queueing for a new phone in Sydney, despite wet and windy weather. "The people in line were so fabulous," said Kelly who had been able to chat with them via the iPad.
Australia was one of the first markets in the global rollout of iPhones on Friday, which also included Hong Kong, Japan, and China.