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Pinokio Lamp Is Like The Pixar Version But Real

20/03/2014 10:35 GMT | Updated 20/03/2014 10:59 GMT

Ok, so it can't jump up and down and squash foot-high letters but someone has basically created the Pixar lamp.

Using an array of sensors and some motors to drive movement, 'Pinokio' is a surprisingly cute little addition to your desktop.

Designers Adam Ben-Dror, Shanshan Zhou and Joss Doggett, say:

Pinokio is an exploration into the expressive and behavioural potentials of robotic computing. Customized computer code and electronic circuit design imbues Pinokio 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.