As a child of the 80's, I've fond memories of the Nintendo Entertainment System, specifically the joys of pixelated 8-bit hunting playing Duck Hunt (that darn dog!). A similar joy can be had while arming yourself with Bitplay's "interactive object d'art", BANG!, a desk lamp that gives new meaning to "lights out!"...demo the BANG! at the New York International Gift Fair. Afterwards, even as a non-gun type, she admitted she found the shoot-the-lights-out gimmick remarkably fun. And like her, I found myself begrudgingly putting aside my usual "no guns in the house" stance after recognizing the BANG!'s gun remote was no different from that NES gun remote from my childhood or a carnival rifle. Like Carrie noted, it's the Clapper 2.0.!
Once on, step a few feet back, and turn around like your favorite gunslinger. The lampshade flips up when shot on, then plays dead/turns off with another pull of the trigger, the lampshade tilting downward. Even my pacifist, hippie-childhood girlfriend had to chuckle, calling it "ridiculous"...but in that bemused tone where you know the person wouldn't mind trying it out.
Pros: Turns a mundane habit into a fun opportunity, decor-neutral design, "gun" control feels solid but is obviously fake.
Cons: Expensive, "Now where did I put my gun?" could be misconstrued, obviously not for every home/person out there.
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