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That lamp is slick and from the future. And the jangly music makes this the year's most suspenseful product demo.
posted by EatTheWeak at 9:51 PM on November 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


I have never before seen a lamp that made me go "YES!!!"
posted by Decimask at 9:54 PM on November 14, 2009


nnnnnnnnnnnnnggggJUST FLICK THE BLASTED SWITCH ALREADY
posted by Hardcore Poser at 9:55 PM on November 14, 2009


Ce n'est pas Magneto.
posted by Inspector.Gadget at 10:00 PM on November 14, 2009 [3 favorites]


Screw originality, I'm building myself one of these.
posted by you at 10:01 PM on November 14, 2009


I believe we're listening to Henry Threadgilll being playing in the demo video. And I believe the juxtaposition of ping-pong-ball-like switch and Asian 'caresseur' is, erm, significant, if not unfortunate.
posted by rudster at 10:03 PM on November 14, 2009


There is no price, can I suggest this for my Secret Quonsar?
posted by cgk at 10:15 PM on November 14, 2009


WANT.
posted by Freen at 10:21 PM on November 14, 2009 [1 favorite]


Ça alors....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 10:43 PM on November 14, 2009


The lamp is very neat.

The product video is 10x longer than it needs to be. The caresseur seems like a cat trying to figure out a laser pointer.
posted by benzenedream at 11:04 PM on November 14, 2009 [3 favorites]


oh god, this is so french. and not in a good way.
posted by billybobtoo at 2:22 AM on November 15, 2009


C'est quoi, ça ?
posted by hypersloth at 3:40 AM on November 15, 2009


I'm a post modern urbanist and I give a shit about my lamps.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:08 AM on November 15, 2009


Cute girl needs a chair.
posted by cropshy at 5:01 AM on November 15, 2009


So this lamp, it vibrates?
posted by bh at 6:00 AM on November 15, 2009


I'm going to put it out there that I don't like this lamp. Neat idea and all, but the floating ball evokes nothing more than the trailer-hitch balls that adorn pickup trucks. The woman prodding and caressing it did little to dispel that image.
posted by explosion at 6:51 AM on November 15, 2009


Minor derail, why does the video say "Cliquez ici pour lire"? Shouldn't it be voir?
posted by desjardins at 6:59 AM on November 15, 2009


Stroke the lamp...strooooke it, stroke it. Look at the ball, baby, look at the ball. Yes like that. Touch it lovingly. Slower. Slower. Cup the ball. Cup it. Fondle the ball. Fondle. Stroke. Love it love it love it love it cup it stroke. Touch gently. Sweeeeet. Now stop. Use your other hand. Fondle. Stroooooke. Slowly, gently.


Hmmm. Wonder how long this video took to shoot and how much direction the model was given.
posted by Secret Life of Gravy at 7:20 AM on November 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


VOULOIR
posted by ROU_Xenophobe at 8:09 AM on November 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


I watched the video at the foot of the page... and my first thought was "That's no moon!"

In penance I give you another moon, of which evoked a subtly different flavour of wonder in me.
posted by artaxerxes at 8:21 AM on November 15, 2009 [2 favorites]


I bought my mom a pen holder like this for Xmas when I was a little kid. The pen would just float in mid-air. I wonder WTH happened to that thing, it was cool as hell.
posted by autodidact at 9:17 AM on November 15, 2009


"Cliquez ici pour lire"? Shouldn't it be voir?

"Lire" means "play" in this context.
posted by Sidhedevil at 11:41 AM on November 15, 2009


I don't think that normal magnets can levitate the switchball in the way that's portrayed.. If there's not a superconductor in that lamp (or diamagnetic material?), I think it's fake.
posted by jjwiseman at 11:42 AM on November 15, 2009


Allo baby, Haven't you searched for me all your life? Behold the perfection of my spheres....do you see it now...the perfecton...the (shudder) light? Look deep into the light...into the light...you're getting sleepy...zo zo...sleeeeepy....ahh yess...caress me...touch my floating orb...carress it with your hand.....touch my magnetic essence.....contemplate it........don't stop.....oooohhhh...yeeessss......oooohh oooohhhhhh....ooooohhhhhh.......
posted by Skygazer at 11:50 AM on November 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


That is the silliest thing that I have ever immediately coveted.
posted by grapefruitmoon at 12:34 PM on November 15, 2009 [3 favorites]


It's not a superconductor, but it probably uses an electromagnet controlled by a feedback loop. Having made one of these before, the impressive thing about this lamp is that the sweet spot for the ball is fairly large and it doesn't require endless messing around to get it to stay there.
posted by breath at 12:38 PM on November 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


I believe we're listening to Henry Threadgilll being playing in the demo video.

Um... Actually, it's at the end of the video: Michel Jarrell, Offrande (2001) pour harpe solo.
posted by hippybear at 3:59 PM on November 15, 2009


Am I the only person who thinks that this lamp doesn't exist? Did no one else notice that she grasps a sort of thread when she turns it off? I see concepts every day and, not saying this isn't cool, but I don't think it's actually a real thing.
posted by BlackLeotardFront at 8:57 PM on November 15, 2009 [1 favorite]


The annoying thing about those electromagnet-feedback things (apart from the fact that the only implementation I've seen for sale is made of cheap-looking plastic) is that the floating object behaves *exactly* as if it is hanging by a string, including the silly bobbing back and forth.
posted by you at 10:13 PM on November 15, 2009


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