Crane was conceived as a solution to the perpetual problem of the power switch. Crane is, in effect, itself a giant power switch, but one that strives to evoke a sense of sympathy in the user.
The light is off when Crane’s head is bent down. To awaken it, one gently pulls the head to detach the magnet inside from the steel foot. Then a counterweight in the short part of the head pulls the head up. Once the head is horizontal a micro switch turns the light on.
To ensure manufacturability, an advanced prototype of Crane is currently in the works.