Guy Hoffman of
MIT's Robotic Life Research
group is merging robots and the art of acting by animating a
robotic desk lamp named
AUR with a little inspiration from a 5-axis robot arm.
AUR's debut is a
play at MIT's Dramashop, touted as the first step in
an effort towards a fully autonomous robotic actor.
Video shows the lamp
following a human's lighting needs in a dimly lit room.