Arduino hack brings Pixar lamp to life

Revisit fond Luxo memories with this animated IKEA lamp

When Pixar launched the iconic Luxo Jr. animation back in 1986, it turned more than a few heads with its groundbreaking display of technological prowess. Skip forwards to 2011, and physical reality is finally catching up to Lasseter’s pioneering 3d modelling of 25 years ago.

A finalist in the SeeedStudio Groove Toy Kit contest, ArduinoArts’ The Annoying IKEA Lamp is kitted out with servos, motion and sound sensors, some LEDs, and a three axis accelerometer all running through an Arduino board.

Javier Lander from ArduinoArts programmed the lamp to respond with particular actions when the array of sensors detect either noise, motion or various lamp positions. Just as in the classic Pixar short, this instantly infuses the lamp with personality.

Click through for a clip where some of the behaviours are demonstrated.  

It still needs a bit of polishing and we may never see this particular lamp bouncing along on a squishy ball… but there is certainly something nice about recreating a Pixar classic by hacking a five euro lamp using the latest in DIY technologies.

ArduinoArts via Engadget

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