We’ve heard of magic lamps before, but this one is actually real. [Alex] has created a wall-mounted lamp that can tell you what the future will be like; at least as far as the weather is concerned. It is appropriately named “Project Aladdin” and allows you to tell a great deal about the weather at a glance as you walk out of the door.
The lamp consists of twelve LED strips arranged vertically. The bottom strip represents the current hour, and each strip above represents another hour in the future. The color of each strip indicates the temperature, and various animations of the LEDs within each strip indicate wind speed and precipitation.
The system uses a weather forecasting backend built-in Java, which is available on the project’s page. The LEDs are controlled by an application that is written in C, and the entire set of LEDs are enclosed in a translucent housing which gives it a very professional appearance. Be sure to check out the demo video after the break. Be sure to check out some other takes on weather lamps which use regular desk lamps instead of intricate scratch-made LED lamps.
8 thoughts on “Use A Lamp To See Into The Future”
Oh I like that. I can definitely see one of these hanging in my hallway near the front door.
“backend built-in Java” you say? Are you telling us that the JVM is intrinsically a part of the project, or that the backend is written in Java? It’s hard to tell-since you are using-hyphens inco-rrectly.
I was so sure this was going to be an LED clock that ran a few minutes fast. Showing you what time it is… in the FUTURE.
Or you could just glance at your smartphone and get detailed weather instead of some fuzzy analog art display.
I actually would find this display more useful… not least of which because I don’t have a smartphone : )
Reminds me of the Canada Life Building Weather Beacon…
I see 14 strips of lights. Is that a metric day?
Did you see that related vid? Made me say ‘Woah, trippy’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93qKPvEVcRE&hd=1
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