Solar-powered Electronic Lifeforms

(Via), elf (i.e. electronic lifeforms), a project by Pascal Glissmann and Martina Höfflin:

'Elfs' are small mechanical systems powered by solar energy that behave as natural living systems in many aspects. (...) 'Elf' is a two-part installation developed in the context of the research project 'electronic-life-forms' by Pascal Glissmann and Martina Höfflin. On one hand, the 'elfs' are documented in their natural habitat, and the fading contrast of electronics and nature gives the scenario a surprising common impression. On the other hand, the imprisonment of these life forms in Weck-Preserving-Glasses reminds one of childhood adventures, exploring and discovering the world around us. The light-sensitive 'elfs' desperately use their chaotic sounds and noisy movements to call the attention of the outside world.

Why do I blog this? I found it amazingly cute + interesting. There is also a book about it that is going to be released soon.