Some people are just too lazy to get out of bed and look out the window to see what the weather is like. The Tempescope is a little gadget build specifically for those people.
There was a joke running a few years ago (at least where I live) about one kid telling another that it’s raining outside, and the latter asked for a link, to see for himself. Jokes aside, that might be exactly where we’re heading, since it’s getting more and more difficult to detach our eyes from the computer screen. Japanese designer Ken Kawamoto has developed a unique way of displaying the forecast, using a connected device that acts as a micro-environment.
Tempescope, as this innovative gadget is called, has a limited amount of weather conditions it can replicate, but that doesn’t make it any less impressive. Kawamoto employed LEDs, water, and ultrasonics to simulate sunshine and lightning, rain, fog, and clouds. There won’t be any snow or blizzards, but these could be some great additions for the next version of Tempescope.
DIY enthusiasts will find here a tutorial on how to create an open source version of the gadgets. On the other hand, if you are looking for the commercial version of the Tempescope, you will have to wait just a bit longer, as the developers will launch a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter later this year.
The following video demonstrates how the weather simulator works and the specific weather conditions it can replicate. Tempescope might as well be considered a mood lamp, since it has all the necessary elements to qualify as one. The only requirement is an Internet connection, as the device needs this to gather information about tomorrow’s weather. It would be great if in the absence of an Internet connection, Tempescope displayed all of the possible weather conditions in a cycle, for a predetermined amount of time.
One of the best things about the Tempescope is that it’s not obtrusive. The small dimensions make it look great both on a desk and on a nightstand. If people decided to display this at the office, it would undoubtedly become at least a conversation starter, if not even an attention grabber that does away with any productivity people may have left.
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