A lamp that matches colours to your mood

What is the world coming to when we need a lamp to read our mood? Vittorio Cuculo, a web developer from Italy, has tinkered with the insides of an IKEA lamp to equip it with Arduino so it can read someone’s mood via OpenCV (Open Source Computer Vision) and change colors accordingly.

What the lamp does is to scan the face through webcam images — if its a sad face, the lamp will flash blue; and if it’s a happy beaming one, that lamp will go pink. See, gadgets can be empathic too — we just have to build them.

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