“This is one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” The infamous words spoken by Neil Armstrong after being the first human to set foot on the moon. Our curiosity and minor knowledge of space has given a lot of great technological advances. One positive outcome of our usage of space has been satellites. Two things satellites can communicate are location and weather. We have been able to mash that data our past few years with our phones, computers, and news networks to help ease our worries of some of the simplest questions: “Is it going to be sunny today so I can enjoy the outdoors?”, “Will this rain ever stop?”, “Is it just going to be cold, or is it going to snow?”, and “Will there be thunderstorms tonight while my girlfriend and I are watching scary movies?”. Times are changing and it is time to stop looking at our phones and other media devices, and start looking at the Tempescope. The Tempescope is your own desktop weather portraying device. How the device works is simple, placed inside a clear acrylic box a water pump, mist diffuser, a set of colored LEDs, and an Arduino micro controller sync wirelessly with a computer’s or phone’s internet to grab hourly forecasts. The Tempescope does not have a thermometer, but instead uses its LED’s to shift the colors from red to blue on the interior of the box. If the forecast calls for rain, the pump will pull water from the reservoir and unleash it from the ceiling of the Tempescope’s. The idea to this device’s ingeniousness is not to give the user the temperature or amount of rainfall, but instead to give them a representation of how things are coming down. Tempescope will have its Kickstarter campaign begin in 2015 where you will be able to preorder the device then, so until that day stay up-to-minute with the company’s plans.
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