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Why wait in line for an iPhone when you can send a robot?

Mona Lalwani, @monalalwani
September 24, 2015
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You can now wait in line for an iPhone 6S without leaving your bed at an unearthly hour. At Apple's flagship store in Sydney, Australia, a telepresence robot (essentially an iPad on Segway-style wheels) is standing in for Lucy Kelly. The robot showed up at 5am and is currently fourth-in-line to get a new iPhone. As the robot continues to wait overnight in a tent where it can stay charged for the final phone transaction, Kelly has been using an app to log in and communicate with humans in line from the comfort of her home.

"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, who borrowed the robot from her media agency, told Mashable. "So my boss said 'just take the robot down, you'll still be able to do your work, but you'll still be waiting in line.'"

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