It is not often that we come across simulations of weather changes inside our very rooms. The above pictured Tempescope (designed by Ken Kawamoto) does one better by totally eschewing any complex mechanism in favor of simple visual parameters. The result is a small translucent box-like device that replicates the weather forecast, and then ‘demonstrates’ it in a miniature scale in front of your very eyes. And how does it boast of such fascinating attributes? Well, the trick lies in its internal setup that can download the meteorological info off the internet with the aid of a wireless remote attachment (for your computer).
This downloaded data is then visually translated into various types of weather modes, including sunshine, clouds, rain and lightning (for thunderstorms). In other words, instead of a graphical layout on a screen, you can actually check out the weather in its miniature version before making your journey from the house.
Intriguingly, Kawamoto also had designed the OpenTempescope, an open source, early-version of the device that you see in the images. So, if you are interested in the schematics, CAD diagrams and source code for your own DIY project, do take a gander at this official link. As for the more commercially-inclined among us, the retail version of the Tempescope is expected to be launched via a Kickstarter campaign by this year itself. And, if you are still craving for an existing weather-inspired contraption, take a look at The Cloud.