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Real Life Pixar Lamp Can’t Get Enough Of Human Interaction

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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]

Jason Fitzpatrick is a warranty-voiding DIYer who spends his days cracking opening cases and wrestling with code so you don't have to. If it can be modded, optimized, repurposed, or torn apart for fun he's interested (and probably already at the workbench taking it apart). You can follow him on if you'd like.

  • Published 12/19/12

Comments (6)

  1. Jason

    I like how it falls in such a way as to switch itself back on when you switch it off.

  2. Riker

    Does it shut itself off when it gets lonely? ;-)

  3. sragan5

    Dear Santa,

    I hope I’m on your “nice” list this year, because I know what I want for Christmas. This wonderfully animate, inanimate little lamp. You don’t have to feed it or care for it. Just give it some attention, and maybe dust it occasionally and change the light bulb. Absolutely adorable!

  4. bubbatie1

    video removed :(

  5. bedlamb

    I’m surprised this lamp made it through the Butlerian Jihad.

  6. Li

    I found the video in Vimeo

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