This new Wi-Fi connected lamp tracks weather data and mimics the forecasted conditions.
Taking smart lighting to a whole new level, the Nebula 12 lamp not only changes colour from a sunrise yellow to a sunset orange throughout the day but also generates an indoor cloud around itself when the weather forecast calls for rain.
“Nebula 12 can, like a natural cloud, change in colour and brightness and thus can be used as a variable source of light for romantic evening meals, when doing homework, when reading or just chatting.” -Micasa Lab
Developed by Swiss design firm Micasa Lab, the Nebula 12 uses a Wi-Fi connection to receive 48 hours of weather data from an internet service called MetOff. The Nebula 12 then attempts to mimic the forecasted conditions inside, showing sunshine as yellow light, overcast days as a grey cloud, and approaching low-pressure areas as a red-tinted cloud. The Nebula 12 creates its indoor clouds using a combination of liquid nitrogen and hot water, managing to keep the cloud from dispersing using high-powered vacuum suction.
The Nebula 12 can also be set to receive its data from a user defined source, not necessarily related to weather; the Nebula could be configured to conjure a cloud to warn residents of an impending Twitter storm for instance.
Oddly enough the Nebula 12 uses Wi-Fi not to connect to a home network but to tether itself to a smartphone — and not just any smartphone — the Nokia Lumia, though I expect that compatibility would be expanded were the Nebula 12 to become commercially available. Currently there’s no word as to whether or not the Nebula 12 will make it to the marketplace, though, as illustrated by the video below, it has already moved from a concept to a working prototype.
Thankfully, Micasa Lab assures us that, regardless of the weather outside, the Nebula 12 will never go as far as to rain inside — certainly not cats and dogs.