Created by Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Dror and Joss Doggett, Animatronic Lamp is an exploration into the expressive and behavioural potentials of robotic computing. Using Processing, Arduino, and OpenCV, the Lamp is given an ability to be aware of its environment, and to expresses a dynamic range of behaviour.
As it negotiates it’s 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 Lamp only a lamp? – a useful machine? Perhaps we should put the book aside and meet a new friend.
The components include a hacked webcam, microphone, mechanical iris, 2 servos and halogen globe embedded into a tiny cavity at the back of the lamp shade. Most of the components were lasercut and the design of course inspired by the famous Anglepoise lamp by George Carwardin and the Pixar lamp. We especially love the reference to “The Most Useless Machine EVER” which gives the lamp that extra bit of personality.