Desklamp comes alive with Arduino

Add a few servomotors and an Arduino to a desklamp to make an appliance that seems to be alive.

Pinokio is an exploration into the expressive and behavioural potentials of robotic computing. Customized computer code and electronic circuit design imbues Pinokio 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.


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  1. The next thing you know the darn thing will be jumping around and squashing capital letters especially the captial I.

  2. Very cool!

    To be clear, it's not just "a few servomotors and an Arduino" -- you can see that the Arduino is sending the data to a webserver, which is actually doing most of the hard work (video processing with OpenCV, etc.).

    But still super cool! I loved the "useless machine" part of it at the end.

  3. I love Lamp.

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