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In the spirit of Disney Pixar's lovable animated lamp Luxo Jr, "Pinokio" is an inanimate object testing the boundaries between machines and living beings.
The project is a collaborative effort by Victoria University students Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Gur and Joss Doggett, who met in a Physical Computing class.
The lamp's movements are informed by a webcam with an algorithm working behind it.
Robotics and facial recognition technology enable the lamp to search for faces in the images from its webcam. When it spots a face, it follows as if trying to maintain eye contact.
"It basically behaves like a dog, sitting on your desk," said Pinokio's programmer and software engineer Zhou.
"That looking around behaviour is totally random in a completely organic way."