See a Real Life Version of Luxo, Jr., the Pixar Lamp
Even if you haven’t seen the short film, you surely know the Pixar characters Luxo, Jr. He’s the cute little lamp in the Pixar logo before all their movies (initially introduced in the Oscar-winning short, ‘Luxo, Jr.’). The short film (which you can watch here) followed two anthropomorphic lamps and their adventures with a bouncy ball. Well now someone has created Luxo in real life and look around to find you, hear sounds, beg for attention and even turn himself back on if you try to turn him off. You gotta see this!
‘Luxo, Jr.’ was directed by John Lasseter (‘Toy Story’) and was the first animation put together by Pixar. It would go on to become the first computer animated short to win at the Oscars. It’s become part of their legacy and their logo. And now he might be real.
This lamp (not technically named Luxo for a variety of trademark reasons) was created by collaborative Pinokio who describes their project thusly:
Customized computer code and electronic circuit design imbues Lamp 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.
Of course, this is no ordinary lamp. It includes a webcam, mic, mechanical iris, servos, and a halogen globe inside as well as lots and lots of code. It’s all pretty cool – and pretty adorable – stuff. You can watch the full video below (we’d link to their official site but it looks as if Pinokio’s web site has crashed) plus a bonus video of another lamp that this reminds us of.