Remember the Pixar lamp? Well, [Rick] from [Phlegmatic Prototyping] decided to build his own.
It’s actually the third iteration of the project, the first being made from a cheap camera sensor, an ATMega328, a computer mouse and laser cut parts. The second iteration… sounds like it was the Pixar Lamp — and due to possible copyright infringement [Rick] decided not to show it off. Which brings us to number three, Robolamp the Third.
Quite obviously not the Pixar lamp now, [Rick] designed the whole thing in 3D CAD and had it printed at Shapeways. It uses a CMUCAM5 vision sensor that detects color hues, allowing the lamp to track colorful objects, like an orange, which ends up looking painfully cute. Just take a look at the video.
He even designed the PCB from scratch and had it made from Dirt Cheap Dirty Boards. Which means the entire project is very reproducible — maybe if we ask nicely he’ll release the source files? We could use a
Pixar Robolamp in the office!
UPDATE: [Rick] is planning on releasing the source for this! Will update with a link when available!