Patch of Sky is a project from a group of designers (Leonardo Amico, Federico Floriani, Reda Jouahri, Alice Longo, Akshataa Vishwanath and Giorgia Zanellato) based out of Italian design research center Fabrica that puts an atmospheric spin on ambient lighting.
It’s a set of minimalist abstract lamps named for Egyptian deities: Amun, the god of wind; Set, the god of storms; and Tefnut, the goddess of rain. All three lamp designs use mirrors and LEDs to represent weather conditions, drawn from a user’s location via their Facebook account.
The project is described as a way for family and friends to stay connected in some small way to the lives of distant loved ones, but it would also be useful for a traveler or commuter to have a pair of these lamps for the home and office.
Eleven different weather patterns can be represented by color gradients and simple animations, to cover all the seasons. For the most part the displays are subtle and intuitive, but a few involve more active flashing of lights. The lamps are powered by Arduino chips, with a BERGCloud module and bridge providing connectivity.
Patch of Sky is a design prototype, not currently available for purchase. But there are a number of ambient lighting displays on the market, as well as some DIY projects, that can provide a similar remote weather connection. See the links below for examples, and visit patchofsky.info to learn more about Patch of Sky.
Author: Ted Burnham