Pinokio, The Animatronic Lamp That Is Aware Of Its Environment

Pinokio - Animatronic Lamp

Pinokio is an exploration into the expressive and behavioural potentials of robotic computing by Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Dror, Joss Doggett. 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 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. ❚