MIT student Natan Linder has developed LuminAR, a traditional desk lamp that’s been transformed into a robotic companion. The lamp is equipped with a pico-projector, camera and wireless computer which allows for a gestural user interface that recognizes the user’s movements. The lamp can also take commands to perform simple tasks such as a swipe of the hand to make the lamp move to a side.
Linder explains more:
This self-contained system enables users with just-in-time projected information and a gestural user interface, and it can be screwed into standard light fixtures everywhere. The LuminAR Lamp is an articulated robotic arm, designed to interface with the LuminAR Bulb. Both LuminAR form factors dynamically augment their environments with media and information, while seamlessly connecting with laptops, mobile phones, and other electronic devices. LuminAR transforms surfaces and objects into interactive spaces that blend digital media and information with the physical space. The project radically rethinks the design of traditional lighting objects, and explores how we can endow them with novel augmented-reality interfaces.
See it in action below: