If you live in Toronto, you probably could have used the Tempescope yesterday, you know, before the streetlights came on at midday and the downpour soaked the entire city.
If you’re a visual type of person, the Tempescope makes checking the weather a lot less daunting than looking at online forecasts – as in, it’s almost cathartic. The device is basically a weather simulator in a box that visualizes conditions like rain, clouds, and lightning, and is small enough to sit on your counter or table.
Of course, it shines brightly when the forecast calls for sun, and produces sunsets and sunrises.
The device receives weather forecasts via the internet – so you don’t have to. It features two modes; ‘Tomorrow’s Weather’ gathers information about the next day’s weather forecast for a pre-set location selected by the user. ‘World Weather’ lets users search any location around the world to replicate the weather in that region – something that we could probably use in the depths of a Canadian January.
The device is able to replicate weather conditions both in real-time and sped up.
The Tempescope is the brainchild of Ken Kawamoto, a Japan-based software engineer by day and an inventor by night.
If you have the time and the technical talents, you can make one yourself – Kawamoto has released the code and the schematics for the device on an open source.
A crowdfunding campaign for a commercial version of the tempescope will come later this year.
Better start saving for a rainy day.