Fabrica : Patch of Sky Lamps

Fabrica : Patch of Sky LampsPatch of Sky is a stunning new research project that has been ideated and assembled at Fabrica, by researchers Leonardo Amico, Federico Floriani, Reda Jouari, Alice Longo, Akshataa Vishwanath and Giorgia Zanellato during the winter 2013/2014. Patch of Sky is a series of three Internet connected ambient lamps (prototypes), enabling to share in real-time the sky above us with loved ones, wherever they are.

jpeg-7About – Patch of Sky integrates with personal spaces, at home or in the office. The prototypes, which can be either placed on a table or hung on the wall, are developed with Arduino, while BERGCloud, a hardware and software solution for the Internet of Things, connects the lamp to the web.

jpeg-5jpeg-3Patch of Sky gathers weather information based on the current Facebook location: meteorological phenomena are classified into eleven common weather conditions, each of them corresponding to a colored light animation which is displayed on the lamp. These animations are carefully designed to be understood at first glance and are called after ancient Egyptian weather deities – Amun the god of wind, Set the god of storms and Tefnut the goddess of rain.

jpeg-4jpeg-6Patch of Sky Lamp – Fog (left) and Freezing (right)

Storm - Fabrica : Patch of Sky LampPatch of Sky Lamp – Storm

Patch of Sky Lamp - CloudyPatch of Sky Lamp – Cloudy

Patch of Sky Lamp - HotPatch of Sky Lamp – Hot

Patch of Sky Lamp - SunnyPatch of Sky Lamp – Sunny

Patch of Sky Lamp - RainPatch of Sky Lamp – Rain

Patch of Sky Lamp - HalePatch of Sky Lamp – Hale

Patch of Sky Lamp - SnowPatch of Sky Lamp – Snow

Patch of Sky Lamp - DrizzlePatch of Sky Lamp – Drizzle

Photos © Shek Po Kwan, editing by Marlene Wolfmair

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