Japanese Lantern Robots Let Gardeners Work At Night [Video]
One artists envisions a future where outdoor area can function 24/7.
Alvaro Cassinelli’s experimental project turns backyard lighting into a decorative quadruped that can follow people around the backyard scenery, bringing light wherever it goes. Toro-Bots are reinvented robotic crawlers with a Japanese style lantern affixed to the top of a PhantomX platform.
Each lantern bot can be programmed to learn different behaviors and take on distinct personalities. Thanks to built-in infrared rangefinders, it’s quite easy for owners to arrange a small army of blinking lights that can react to sudden movements and human presence.
Through the central computer that’s linked to an XBee network, people can direct the robots toward a specific area or perform more complex behaviors.
Cassinelli captured some unique movements of his robotic creations and shared it on Youtube, which you can catch a glimpse of below.