What could be better than a lamp that expands with the pull of a control cord? How about one that looks like the Death Star and is controlled with your voice?
That’s exactly what maker Adi Singh created using a popular IKEA lamp and embedding it with an Arduino MKR1000 to take voice commands via Alexa. A stepper motor is tasked with opening and closing the exterior segments, and a solid-state relay turns the light on and off. It also features a spectacular custom paint job, making this lamp/superweapon stand out even more.
You can see the results in the video below as it changes shape and blinks to the soothing sounds of the Imperial March!