indoor tech inspired by starry skies and meteorology (Wired UK)

In accordance with what we know these days about circadian
rhythms and our heightened awareness of the impact of natural light
on our mood, the atmosphere, the sky and the effects of the weather
seem to be increasingly manifested in technology designed for use

Whether for artistic or therapeutic reasons, or for both, there
has been a recent proliferation in the number of products out there
that either mimic or reflect what is going on in the outside world.
Here are a few of our favourites.

The Cloud

Richard Clarkson

Designed by Richard Clarkson,
the Cloud is an Arduino-controlled interactive lamp and speaker
that will create a thunderstorm in your lounge. Colour-changing
light bulbs allow the cloud to change to different modes, including
a night light and music-reactive mode. The Cloud’s speaker is
equipped with Bluetooth, so will work with any Bluetooth-compatible
device. Cooler still, the Cloud can detect a person’s presence and
create a lightning and thunder show that is fully dictated by their



Part of us loves the idea of CoeLux, and another part of us
feel quite sad about its existence. Using nano-technology,
designers have created a skylight panel that can artificially
reproduce natural light and the appearance of the sun and the sky
to the point that even the shadows that are cast on your walls will
make it seem like it’s a real skylight.

Patch of Sky


Patch of Sky consists
of three internet-connected lights that you can use to share the
sky above you in real-time with others in ambient light form, no
matter where you are. By classifying meteorological phenomena into
eleven categories, each weather condition is assigned a
corresponding colour, which glows softly from the lamp’s
semi-circular mirror.

Patch of Sky has been developed using Arduino and are connected
to the web using with BERGCloud. It is a collaborative project from
several different artists that was conceived, designed and
assembled at the Fabrica communication research centre in

Drift Light

Drift Light
Drift LightSaffron

The Drift
has been developed as a screw-in alternative to ambient
alarm clocks that mimic the rising and setting of the sun to ease
the process of falling asleep and waking up. The bulb is
self-dimming, easy to operate and doesn’t need any kind of
complicated installation.

Sky Lighthouse

Yoshiki Matsuyama

Sky Lighthouse by Yoshiki
was one of the winner’s of this year’s Lexus Design
Competition. It’s been crafted to reflect the blue colour of the
sky and the red of the sunset and all of the colours on the
spectrum between. It illuminates in 360 degrees and the brightness
changes in response o ambient sound. As time passes the direction
of the light also changes.

The Cosmos Bed

Natalia Rumyantseva

Natalia Rumyantseva has designed the Cosmos
, which allows you to be partially cocooned as you drift off
with the night sky glowing gently above you. We’re totally sold on
this bed which is also a planetarium. It is made from white
fibreglass and emits drowsiness-inducing scents from aromatic
dispensers and calming music or white noise.

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