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Inspired by Luxo Jr., a two–minute film by Pixar where two animated desk lamps interact with one another and contemplate fun, Pinokio is the brainchild of creative team Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Dror and Joss Doggett, who have brought a lamp to life. Pinokio is an adventurously modified Anglepoise lamp (first designed in 1932 by George Carwadine) that watches you work and moves playfully in front of you, half mimic, half annoying younger sibling who wants to play with you when you've got too much stuff to do.

 

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Pinokio is equipped with a webcam, microphone, mechanical iris, servos, and a halogen globe. It's movements and tracking abilities are built using Arduino, OpenCV, and Processing. The result is an amiable and curious little friend who can't wait until you're done with work so that you guys can get pizza, and is also a little bit of a deceptacon– it doesn't seem to emit light.

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Below, watch a short introduction to Pinokio and get a look at the lamp in its development stages.

Pinokio from Adam Ben-Dror on Vimeo.

Lampy WIP2 from Shanshan on Vimeo.

Luxo Jr. Trailer

Also check out our previous post on the humanoid robot who plays catch, and our interview with Brian Despain, an illustrator with a big soft spot for machines looking for love.

via Pinokio on Vimeo and Behance

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