Arduino desk lamp with “personality”

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From Mashable: “A Canadian design company called Fabule has developed Clyde, an LED desk lamp that can be programmed with personality modules in its “brain.” It’s compatible with Arduino, an open-source electronics program.

For example, when Clyde is in “afraid of the dark” mode, he can light up depending on how dark a room is. In “touchy feely” mode, Clyde cycles through different light colors when you touch his jellyfish-like legs. Inside his head, there are sensors that make it all work.

The personified LED lamp emits soft, ambient lighting, and you turn it on and off by touching Clyde’s squishy silicone “eye.”

Since Clyde’s “brain” is compatible with any standard Arduino shield, you can open him up and add things like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi or XBee connectivity. And because the lamp’s legs are hollow, you can even add something like a moisture sensor and place Clyde in a plant, so his light would let you know when the plant is too dry.”

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