MIT student turns his lamp into a living, robotic assistant

This is MIT student Natan Linder's LuminAR robotic lamp, and it makes for a pretty awesome office companion. That's because it's able to beam information around your office from a pico projector and even recognize how you interact with the image, allowing you perform actions such as tapping and typing.

Using gestures, Linder can also command the lamp to perform simple tasks. Is the projection in the way? With a swipe of his hand, the lamp moves to the side. It uses a webcam to "see" what Linder's doing, and that's how it recognizes his other movements, too, such as tapping on a video to get it to play.

Want to see it in action? Check out the LuminAR in the video below.

LuminAR, via Engadget