Real life animated Pixar anglepoise lamp

Design students Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Dror and Joss Doggett created "Pinokio," a kind of animatronic version of the adorable animated Pixar lamp. The detailed build-log offers very useful insights into making this sort of thing with Processing, Arduino, and OpenCV.. But the video really speaks for itself -- what a treat!

Construction on the head was by far the most technically challenging, as I embedded a hacked webcam, microphone, mechanical iris, 2 servos and halogen globe into a tiny cavity at the back of the lamp shade. The designing of face plate was aided by cardboard cutouts before being fabricated out of 2mm acrylic.

pinokio still in progress


  1. It’s adorable! Just make it purr when I pat it and it can replace all pet-ownership cravings. It also DOES have a light bulb (“halogen globe”), according to the description above, but perhaps that wasn’t fully working yet when they filmed the video.

  2. Wow. This is one of the coolest things I’ve heard about in ages. Plus it was just made by some college kids who were also busy writing papers at the same time … and it only gets 4 comments? Really? Holy crap something is wrong with the universe.

    Or maybe with me. My wife wasn’t that excited about it either.

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