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23.06.12 - I was thinking about designing an Anglepoise lamp when I started playing around with this simple toy (above).  When you press in the base, the toy horse collapses, allowing you to play a great game with children, where you pretend to shoot the horse and it falls over as if dead.  What if I could reverse the mechanism so that my lamp concept design could be incredibly flexible, allowing me to put it into any position, before I activated a cam, locking all it's joints rigidly in place.  I designed and built my prototype lamp concept from beech wood, aluminium tube and an LED lamp bought from a hardware store. I was ready to make the video, when I realised I needed a table to display my Lamp concept on, so I spent a day designing and making the table shown from MDF and pine.  Having made my prototype lamp, I know there's plenty of product design improvements to be made.  Is it possible to improve on the functionality of the Anglepoise lamp?  Please watch the video below to see the result: