Pinoky animates regular toys, causing them to move their limbs, ears, tail, etc.

In a collaboration between design researchers from Keio University and the University of Tokyo in Japan as part of the Igarashi Design Interface Project, a ring-like device called ‘Pinoky’ has been created, which can animate soft toys and make them move.

Wired reports that Pinoky is externally attached to a toy as an accessory and can then move its limbs, ears or tail like a robot. The user can control the toy remotely or input a desired movement by adjusting the plush toy and have it recorded and played back. There is also a synchronisation function that lets you coordinate two Pinoky devices, either placed on different toys or on different parts of the same toy.

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