The weather – it’s that thing that you can easily confirm by looking out the window or literally typing “weather” on Google, yet somehow has a billion apps dedicated to it. There are so many free ways to get a weather forecast that paying $199 (USD) for it sounds insane. Until you see the Tempescope. I still wouldn’t pay for it, but it’s a hell of a lot more interesting than a weather widget.
The Tempescope started as Ken Kawamoto’s DIY open source project, but it went viral when he shared it online two years ago. Encouraged by the demand, he set up a company to mass produce it. So just what is the Tempescope? It’s a tall and narrow box that mimics the weather using water, air and LEDs. More specifically, it can visualize rain, clouds, lightning and sunlight.
You control Tempescope via an iOS or Android app. You can set it to mimic local weather or the forecast someplace else, but you can also force it to show any of the four weather conditions at any time.
Pledge at least $199 on Indiegogo to receive a Tempescope developer kit as a reward; only 2500 units will be offered during this campaign. You’ll have to put the unit together yourself, but Tempescope says you’ll only need a screwdriver to do so. Ken and company promise to release “newer versions” in bulk should their fundraiser succeed. You can also check out Ken’s build log for the open source Tempescope on his GitHub page.