Meet Luxo, The Light-Painting Robot

February 21, 2014 | Andy Cush

Luxo shares a name with and bears a striking resemblance to the reading lamp that starred in Pixar’s first feature and no acts as its de facto mascot. But while its animated counterpart bounces around purposelessly with an inflatable ball, this Korean-made robot moves with precision. And with good reason: by the time Luxo is done with its circular dance, it’s traced a swirling abstract form in the air.

“For us, we’re more interested in how the photos leave traces on the imagined surface,” the designers, of the studio Everyware, told Wired. “We tried to show the beauty of photography through an autopsy of it.”

Watch Luxo in action above.