Ambient Lights Bring Local Weather Inside
Patch of Sky is an internet-connected system that let people experience the atmosphere of the outside world while staying indoors.
Conceived and created at FABRICA, the Benetton Group communication research center in Treviso, Italy, Patch of Sky is a set of three ambient lamps that are connected to the internet and light up depending on the current condition of the skies.
Patch of Sky allows users to experience the current weather while they are indoors. The system also allows them to share the sky with their loved ones even if they are in different locations.
The lamp prototypes were developed with Arduino and they connect to the internet through BERGCloud, a hardware and software solution for the Internet of Things. The Patch of Sky lamps are registered with a Facebook account and the user simply has to attach the router to the BERGCloud Bridge, which will link to the mirrors and connect them to the internet – allowing the lamps to gather weather information based on the user’s Facebook location.
Meteorological phenomena are classified into eleven weather conditions and each weather condition correspond to a colored light animation. Depending on the current weather conditions, the lamp will display the corresponding light animation.
The animations are designed to be intuitive to make them easily sensed and understood at first glance. For example, during a storm the lamp will light up in dark blue with flashes of white light to simulate a thunderstorm, while on a sunny day the lamp will glow in a soft yellow color.
Each of the lamp in the set is named after an ancient Egyptian weather deity – Amun, the god of wind, Set, the god of storms, and Tefnut, the goddess of rain. The ambient lamps come in an elegant design that easily integrates with one’s personal space, whether it is in their home or in the office, and the lamps consist of mirrors that are available in three different sizes. The prototypes can be placed on a table or hung on the wall.
The project was developed and assembled at FABRICA during Winter 2013/2014 by designers Leonardo Amico, Federico Floriani, Reda Jouahri, Alice Longo, Akshataa Vishwanath and Giorgia Zanellato.