Gidget Frye

The Little Clockwork Girl With Big Ideas

According to the patent originally filed by Drs. Robert and Elisabeth Frye in 1967 (later renewed by R. Frye in 1986) the GIDGIT v.17.201 is described as “a revolutionary database and ambulatory human impersonator.” It officially stands for the “Genius Internal Data Galvinizer and Individual Typificator,” referring to its data processing and human impersonation functions. The “Genius” part both relates to information upload rate, and acts as a trade name, with Gidgit’s CPU being called a “Genius” system in the patent.

Gidgit enjoys reading, traveling, reading, climbing trees, reading, cooking and reading. Since the untimely and somewhat suspicious death of her “father” (her “mother” passed before Gidgit became fully sentient), Gidgit has lived with her youngest human sibling, Daniel, in a suburb or Portland, OR. He’s followed in Dr. Frye’s footsteps in the study of robotics. Dan’s also got a fiancĂ©e now, Jennifer, an English teacher, who is insanely uneasy around Gidgit for reasons unknown (something which happens more times than Gidgit can recall), and does not want her as a part of their life. Whether she fully grasps what Gidgit is has yet to be discussed; it might not even matter.

Not wanting to be a burden, Gidgit is trying to strike it out on her own – an apartment in downtown Portland, perhaps, maybe get a job at a library somewhere. If anyone will hire her and keep her on for more than a few months, that is. Aside from most people being weird around her, things just seem to break down when she’s nearby for any extended period. If that doesn’t work, maybe she’ll become a freelance reporter, and just drive around – if she could get a license – and write about people, real people, which are fascinating.

GIDGIT v. 15.106 ca. 1979, pictured centre, with Dr. Robert and Elisabeth Frye’s children, Issac “Zack” Frye (age 8) on left and Daniel Frye (age 6) on right. It should be noted that while the body of the GIDGIT unit seems relatively rudimentary, the head, which houses the majority of the Genius system, is already capable of a full range of nearly seamless facial expressions, thanks to a new “plasti-derm” polymer created by Robert Frye, still under development at the time. The GIDGIT unit was also fully articulated in limb and available digits as of v. 14.234 in 1975 (base phalanges [toes] added in the early 1980s served little functional purpose and were applied mainly for aesthetic reasons).

Gidget Frye

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