Weather reports are useful sometimes, useless others. To make things interesting and switch it up from watching those typical forecasted weather reports, how about feeling the weather tomorrow? I know that I still have a habit of stepping outside to “see how cold it is” and whether I need a coat or not, even if I happen to have the current conditions displayed on my phone or computer. And it’s that kind of tactile experience that paved the way for the Cryoscope. It’s a little aluminium cube devised by Robb Godshaw, what it does is gives you the ability to literally feel tomorrow’s temperature instead of trying to wrap your head around a number. The Cryoscope uses a thermoelectric Peltier element, heat sink, and a cooling fan. It is then connected to an Arduino controller and an external power supply which then pulls the weather forecast from the Internet. Heat is pumped in or out of the cube until its surface temperature mirrors the forecast. You lay your fingers on the aluminum surface and get a real feel for what it’ll be like tomorrow. The cube also factors in wind chill, humidity, and the properties of the aluminum surface itself. The Cryoscope has an effective range of 0 to 100F (-18 to 38C) so you may actually be able to fry an egg on it.
Weather reports are useful, to be sure, but there’s nothing quite like feeling the weather to really get a sense of things. I know that I still have a habit of stepping outside to “see how cold it is” and whether I need a coat, even if I happen to have the current conditions displayed on my phone or computer.