If you think that the Pixar lamp is beyond adorable, you’ll be charmed by this little guy. The Pinokio lamp was designed by Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Dror, and Joss Doggett to explore the a different side of robots:
“Pinokio is an exploration into the expressive and behavioural potentials of robotic computing. Customized computer code and electronic circuit design imbues Lamp with the ability to be aware of its environment, especially people, and to expresses a dynamic range of behaviour. As it negotiates its world, we the human audience can see that Lamp shares many traits possessed by animals, generating a range of emotional sympathies. In the end we may ask: Is Pinokio only a lamp? – a useful machine? Perhaps we should put the book aside and meet a new friend.”
The light is animatronic and responds to visual cues and sound. It has a hacked webcam, microphone, mechanical iris, and servos and all of it is powered by an Arduino. It doesn’t quite hop across the table like the Pixar lamp yet, but it does look friendly and cute.
See the lamp in action after the break.