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A lamp that lets you know the weather, complete with indoor clouds (video)


Dark clouds hang over thatched houses in Kampen on the German North Sea island of Sylt, northern Germany, on July 30, 2012. (PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

If you’ve ever stared at the sky wishing you could bring the clouds indoors, you’ll probably like this new lamp from Micasa Lab.

The lamp, called the Nebula 12, serves as an indoor weather station. If it’s sunny outside, the lamp glows. Cloudy, and it produces a cloud, using a formula that includes liquid nitrogen and high-powered vacuum suction. A red cloud is produced in low-pressure areas, and a glowing yellow cloud during more pleasant weather. The lamp does not produce rain.

The Nebula 12, which is still in development, determines the weather via an app available on the Nokia Lumia.

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Emi Kolawole is the editor-in-residence at Stanford University's d.school, where she works on media experimentation and design.

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