February 7th, 2012 by rbanks
Haptic Weather Forecaster Lets You Feel Tomorrow’s Temperature
"Robb, an industrial design student at Rochester Institute of Technology, created the Cryoscope from a heat sink, cooling fan, and a Peltier element, which is kind of like a thermo-electric pump that can transfer heat from one area to another. All the elements are encased in an aluminum cube which heats up or cools down to reflect tomorrow’s predicted air temperature. A simple web app lets you specify your location, so the forecast is—you know—accurate. And on the underside of the cube a red and blue colored LED provides a visual cue to the predicted temp, in case the Cryoscope is hot enough to make you wish you hadn’t touched it."