Every now and then, we stumble across a robotics project that just makes our hearts melt. Shanshan Zhou, Adam Ben-Dror, and Joss Doggett used Processing, Arduino, and OpenCV to create Pinokio, a robotic lamp that calls to mind Pixar's bouncing mascot, Luxo Jr. And Pinokio is most certainly worthy of the comparison, just watch this video in which he interacts with his environment and tries to get the attention of the nearest human being. By the time Pinokio's human friend reaches for the off switch, we're already in love.

[via The Daily What]