Have you ever watched a Pixar movie and saw the lamp? Have you ever wanted one? Now some graduate students have created a real one.
It uses an Arduino (popular in MAKE Magazine [a magazine devoted to building things]), 6 servos, webcam, and processing. An Arduino is an open-source microcontroller platform. A microcontroller is an electronic device you program, and depending how you program it, it sends certain signals.Here is a link to their website: http://www.arduino.cc/.
It can do a lot of things. It can track the users face. It can play peek-a-boo. It can even turn itself on when it gets turned off. The video in the link (the second link) shows it’s “point of view”. Unfortunately you can’t buy one (yet), but you can watch the video at http://www.dogonews.com/2012/12/5/pixars-iconic-lamp-comes-to-life.