Prototype of Uniform's Weather Systems Ambient Weather Displays: Uniform's Weather Systems
Liverpool, United Kingdom

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Uniform's Weather Systems

The weather before it happens

Weather Systems is a trio of connected devices that provide physical representations of short-term weather conditions. It’s a project of U.K.-based creative consultancy Uniform.

Pulling data from the Dark Sky API, the devices will activate at the push of a button or automatically, based on alert conditions set by a user. Temperature is revealed as one arc of a four-color wheel, describing ranges from “stay indoors and grab a blanket” to “get the shorts on and fire up the barbeque.”

Rain simulates the strength of precipitation with the plink-plink (or deafening rattle) of moveable plastic pins. Wind spins a bright red vane to represent wind speed, and stops spinning to indicate direction.

Ambient Weather Displays: Uniform's Weather Systems
Ambient Weather Displays: Uniform's Weather Systems
Ambient Weather Displays: Uniform's Weather Systems

As Uniform points out, there’s a long history of using physical devices -- like mercury thermometers, barometers and wind socks -- to understand the weather. Combining cloud-based weather data with real-world objects continues the tradition of at-a-glance weather indicators, and provides much more timely forecasts (looking ahead a few minutes instead of hours or days).

Weather Systems is built with Arduino Uno. Learn more at Uniform.net, or have a glance at the video below.

Related: Cryoscope, Tempescope, Ambient Umbrella

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Ted Burnham

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