Richard Clarkson has created a very unique speaker and lighting system using a little Arduino programming called the “The Cloud” that takes the form of an interactive lamp and speaker, which has been specifically designed to mimic a thunderstorm in the comfort of your own home.
The Arduino powered Cloud lamp is capable of creating a motion triggered lightening and thunder storm can also be used as a music activated speaker, and are available to purchase priced from $3,360.
Clarkson explains a little more about the interactive Cloud lamp, which can be seen in action in the video below.
The Cloud employs embedded motion sensors to create unique lightning and thunder shows while providing entertainment value and inspiring awe. This is a kind of magic, not based on illusions and trickery, but on sensors and code. Featuring a powerful speaker system, The Cloud allows its beholder to stream music via any Bluetooth-compatible device and can adapt to any desired lighting, color and brightness.
Acting as both an immersive lighting experience and a speaker with visual feedback, this hybrid lamp/speaker introduces a new discourse for what a light fixture could be. Advances in physical computing and interaction design hardware over recent years have created a new breed of smart-objects, which are gaining more and more traction in the design world. These smart-objects have the potential to be far more interactive and immersive than ever before.
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