In Brief

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.

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