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.

Alvaro Casinelli

Source: Gizmodo, Trossenrobotics

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