This curious lamp, powered by an Arduino board and servo motors, is just as playful as the on-screen counterpart that inspired its creation.
The New Zealand Herald reports on the creation of the lamp, seen in action in the video above:
The project is a collaborative effort by Victoria University students Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Gur and Joss Doggett, who met in a Physical Computing class.
The lamp’s movements are informed by a webcam with an algorithm working behind it.
Robotics and facial recognition technology enable the lamp to search for faces in the images from its webcam. When it spots a face, it follows as if trying to maintain eye contact.
“It basically behaves like a dog, sitting on your desk,” said Pinokio’s programmer and software engineer Zhou.
Lamp Responds to Human Faces [New Zealand Herald]