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Nebula 12 concept generates indoor clouds based on meteorological data

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November 26, 2012

The Nebula 12 concept produces indoor clouds based on the current weather forecast data ob...

The Nebula 12 concept produces indoor clouds based on the current weather forecast data obtained via a Wi-Fi connected Lumia smartphone

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Zurich’s Micasa Lab, the team responsible for the iRock and Cocoon 1, has developed yet another off-the-wall concept with the Nebula 12. Like the art of Berndnaut Smilde, the Nebula 12 concept produces indoor clouds, but Micasa Lab has gone one step further by using meteorological data so that it provides a representation of the forecast weather.

Unlike Smilde’s indoor cloudworks, which are produced using standard smoke machines, the Nebula 12 combines liquid hydrogen and hot water to generate a cloud of steam. The clouds are emitted from a lamp with variable brightness that provides a backlight to highlight the clouds. The light also changes color to indicate different weather conditions, with a red cloud indicating a threatening low-pressure front is on the way or a yellow light used to indicate a sunny day, for example.

By default, the Nebula 12 pulls meteorological data from the U.K.’s Met Office via a Wi-Fi-connected Lumia smartphone, however the weather information source can be adjusted by the user. The time period of the weather predictions can also be customized, but reflects the weather for the next 48 hours by default.

Thankfully, the device’s capabilities are limited to clouds, so it won’t result in any interior downpours. However, those keen to find shapes in clouds without heading outdoors should know that the use of liquid nitrogen suggests the Nebula 12 concept is likely to remain just that, a concept – at least in it’s present form.

The video below shows some testing of the Nebula 12.

Source: Micasa Lab

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Darren Quick Darren's love of technology started in primary school with a Nintendo Game & Watch Donkey Kong (still functioning) and a Commodore VIC 20 computer (not still functioning). In high school he upgraded to a 286 PC, and he's been following Moore's law ever since. This love of technology continued through a number of university courses and crappy jobs until 2008, when his interests found a home at Gizmag.   All articles by Darren Quick
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Humans have spend the better part of the last 50 thousand years developing habitation technology to keep out the elements. Now, it seems, we've come the full circle. Congruent with the "back-to-nature" movement, one can argue, but it does beg the question for those who live in areas where clouds form on a regular basis, "will my house get all moldy"?

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27th November, 2012 @ 12:50 pm PST
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