New liquid nitrogen lamp recreates weather inside your home
Swiss designers Micasa Lab have created a swirling liquid-nitrogen weather device to enjoy in the comfort of your own home
Through a mysterious combination of “some peculiar techniques, liquid nitrogen, WiFi, and high-powered vacuum suction,” the Nebula 12 creates a circulating cloud of steam that responds to real-time weather conditions outside.
The lamp is designed to connect to your smartphone and gather meteorological data via the internet, recreating the climate indoors in a shape-shifting ball of fog.
“Wake up to a flooding yellow light on a sunny day,” say the designers, “or below a real cloud on that overcast winter morning.” Or you could just sleep outside.
The lamp can also be set to demonstrate the weather for the next 48 hours: a threatening low-pressure area is announced by a red cloud, and sunshine is shown in yellow. Presumably an imminent lightning storm could be foretold by the light flickering on and off – or short-circuiting and sending arcs of electricity across the room?
“It can be used as an atmospheric source of light for romantic evening meals or high-stress business meetings,” the designers say, as well as when “doing homework, when reading, or just chatting.” From a thundercloud of doom rumbling above the boardroom table, to a gentle rosy haze for those misty-eyed moments, it takes mood lighting to a whole new level.