Netherlands-based UX designer Bob de Graaf is a believer that robots should be more like living creatures than inanimate objects. His latest project, “Species of Illumination,” proves this point perfectly with two lights that act and react like autonomous creatures. ”Wallace” seeks out the darkest space in a room and brings light to it, while solar-powered “Darwin” searches for sunlight during daylight hours to charge his battery, and in the evening wanders around in search of movement, which often means keeping humans company, much like a pet would.
In an interview with WeHeart, the designer explained his project in more depth:
“The interaction and emotional relationship Wallace and Darwin bring contribute to people’s wellbeing, in the same way that pets do. My inspiration comes mainly from nature. In nature everything moves all the time, some things really quickly, others really slowly, but nothing has a fixed form or place. That’s why I think it’s really interesting to work with movement, instead of denying it and working with fixed forms.”
Instead of reading about all the technical details, you really need to watch the video to see how cute Wallace and Darwin actually are.