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You Can Now Have Pixar’s Cute Moving Lamp As a Pet

A playful, moving pet robot lamp

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Nine years before Pixar presented the world with Toy Story, their first full-length animated film, the computer animation studio released Luxo Jr., an animated short about two anthropomorphized lamps that taught us that humans can form an emotional bond with pretty much anything.

Inspired by Pixar’s icon, three New Zealand students designed and built a roboticized lamp, says CNet Australia. The lamp, equipped with six servos and a webcam, can move and play (though it doesn’t seem to be able to hop). And, in an adorable display of self-preservation, the little pet lamp can keep you from shutting it down.

But just be warned, lest you be the person who easily loses interest, getting rid of your new pet lamp may be more difficult than you think:

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About Colin Schultz
Colin Schultz

Colin Schultz is a freelance science writer and editor based in Toronto, Canada. He blogs for Smart News and contributes to the American Geophysical Union. He has a B.Sc. in physical science and philosophy, and a M.A. in journalism.

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