Tuesday, September 21, 2004

gravity.



The Gravity from Front is a concept design (at least, I think it's just a concept) for an interactive lamp that reacts to your presence. When you're not in the room, it lays down and goes to sleep. When you enter, it wakes up, stands and turns on to give you light.

creepy. and. cute.
The Gravity is equal parts cute and creepy. Cute because it's sort of like a pet that's happy to see you when you come home. Creepy because it's a lamp that moves by itself! No idea if they're actually going to make this or how much it will cost if they do. Or how they keep the lightbulb from smashing when it hits the ground.

28 Comments:

Blogger Feng Qin said...

That's da amazing lamp! Really! And it is interesting!! Yea, keep it up, okay!

4:17 AM  
Blogger Jwe said...

Wow.

Very cool.
I'd feel bad going on vacation though... just look at the lamp when its sleeping. It looks so sad!

5:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

please, please, please tell me they'll make this! that, or a puppy that lights up. actually, either one would be cool.

5:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not use a small bundle of super bright LEDs? Those wouldn't break. And they are cheap.

If they have a chance of breaking, then encase them in a clear rubber ball.

The only questions I now have it, what kind of low cost sensor do you use to make it work when someone walks in the room?

soap, stay clean!
Marcus Conge

6:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Why not use a small bundle of super bright LEDs? Those wouldn't break. And they are cheap.

If they have a chance of breaking, then encase them in a clear rubber ball.

The only questions I now have it, what kind of low cost sensor do you use to make it work when someone walks in the room?

soap, stay clean!
Marcus Conge

6:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So from that photo, was there someone in the room, or wasn't there? Anyone got a video?

7:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Motion sensors aren't that expensive...

9:06 AM  
Blogger Mr. Natural said...

link?

9:08 AM  
Blogger farmersckn said...

Its made the same as tent-poles are made... there are short segments of tube with a string running the length inside and whenever it wants to go limp, the string inside is given some slack letting the tubes move just far enough away from each other to bend. When the lamp wants to stand up the string is pulled tight, forcing the tubes together so that they all go straight.

9:29 AM  
Blogger Makeurown said...

I want one of these! (I shall call it "Lampy.") But if the bulb burns out, does that mean the lamp is dead?

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The next thing you know, we will be arguing with intelligent doors.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I could see phallic shaped gravity lamps selling quite briskly =D

10:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

There are three words which come to my mind for some reason: The Sirius Cybernetic Corporation...
... and Marvin.

12:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Motion sensors are cheap. To protect the light, one should slowly unreel the cords keeping the psots taut. The lamp should gently recline to sleep, anyway.

12:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

there was an interview with Front on Archinect
http://archinect.com/features/article.php?id=3922_0_23_0_M

2:13 PM  
Blogger Mike Thorn said...

Getting it to lay down without breaking would not be difficult. Motion sensing isn't an insurmountable obstacle, either (though not necessarily easy, since you can't always predict which way the thing will lay down). However, from the perspective of one who has a relatively small bedroom, I have to ask: would a lamp that takes up a lot more space when *not* in use actually be that useful?

I can understand that it'll be the same size as any normal pole lamp when I'm around, but the principle is still there. Plus, like an earlier poster said, the obvious question arises: what good is a lamp that lays down *after* you leave, and is only cute-looking when you're not there? :) (though the rising action would look cool)

2:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd be afraid that thing would get up and kill me in my sleep or something. Something very, very, very creepy about that thing...

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

does it equally stand and light up when sensing a pretty girl or even when an old witch is in the room? does a male's presence also make it to move up (is the gravity a homo- / hetero- / bi-) :) :)

4:39 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ok, so what exactly happens if the power goes out? Does the lamp crumple like a kick in the nuts or will it stay erect?

5:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Ahhh, but does it REALLY lay down when you leave the room? Who would know? Maybe it's just clever marketing, it stays upright all the time, leaving you to believe that it lays down when you leave!!!

6:52 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think this lamp works on the same principle as pop-up toys (those toys that use beads and string to pop-up when the string is pulled tight).

See:
http://www.thisoldtoy.com/L_FP_Set/toy-pages/400-499/440-popuppluto.html
for an example.

10:43 AM  
Blogger Li said...

That's disturbing...O_o

They should make a huge model penis that does the same thing...

1:27 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I AM DISGUSTED AND AFRAID OF A LAMP!!

2:53 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I really look forward to another addition to my life that lets me know it's tired of having me around. In fact, I hope the damn thing crashes with a resounding thud before I've even fully left the room, as if it were saying to me "Thank God that dude's gone, I'm so friggin' tired of standing up for him all day."

10:25 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, I enjoy the thought of a lamp poping up when i come home. Man, would have to watch from the window to make sure that it go to sleep when you leave. coudl you imagen if the sensor didn;t catch you for some reason (like in school when their light sensors register no movment and the lights go off because your watchng a movie). So you wind up tripingover the lamp. It then catches your movement and stands up at attention.

3:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If it works on motion sensors... you could have light while you're getting in bed, and once you've laid there long enough to it to believe no one is around it'll turn itself off... then when you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night? automatically lighted path, sexy.

9:47 AM  
Anonymous t-a-g said...

don't blink...I think I saw it move!

8:01 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would mess around with the damn thing and make it stand up and go down just for the hell of it.

12:26 AM  

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