Following our series on the story of the modern desk lamp, we now look at what Jake Dyson intends to be the desk lamp of the future—literally: His CSYS LED Task Light is designed with "thermal management" technology designed to prolong the life of its bulb for some 37 years. Unsurprisingly for a Dyson, the technology consists of a vacuum that sucks the heat away from the bulb.
But while that's cool, the far cooler feature is the way the lamp articulates, versus the traditional desk lamp. I myself own a variant on the Anglepoise, mine being a cheapie imitation from IKEA that I use to illuminate the workbench where I do motor repairs and the like. I have it mounted to a fixture in the wall to provide added height, and I find the swing-arm invaluable for getting light into projects from various angles. Unfortunately, the springs wear over time, losing elasticity and necessitating the ugly rubber band fix you see here.
Dyson's CSYS, in contrast, operates with these wicked rollers combined with rotating and telescoping actions.
You've got to see it in video to appreciate it:
Here's another vid of Dyson manipulating the lamp around that really gives you a sense of how cool this thing would be to use:
Alas, this coolness won't come cheap; the lamp's price is nearly US $900.