Tempescope Puts Lightning In A Glass Box… Kind Of


Yes, mankind still can’t capture lighting in a bottle. However, some dude from Japan can now simulate one, complete with an accompanying storm, so you can enjoy inclement weather in a bottle with the Tempescope.

Created by Ken Kawamoto, it’s a tabletop device that simulates weather forecasts inside a transparent box. Well, most forecasts, anyway. It can’t quite make ice for real snow, but it should be able to recreate cloudy days, sunny days, rainy days, and outright storms all on its own, making for a fascinating desktop toy that, pretty much, everyone can enjoy.


The Tempescope is a rectangular box, with covered top and bottom sections where all the hardware is set up. It uses multi-color LEDs to alter the brightness inside the display case, brightening it up on bright, clear days and darkening things up for gloomier climes. For rain, it uses a water pump and a diffuser, with an air pump bringing a little wind to the proceedings. It pulls data from a Bluetooth connection to a nearby PC, although they’ll probably replace that with WiFi or a smartphone link with the upcoming commercial version.


Granted, it’s not quite as realistic a recreation as we’d like of weather scaled down to the size of a tiny display case. Still, having a physical, ambient weather forecast machine right on your desk sounds like quite the awesome toy to have around.

All the code, diagrams and schematics for building your own Tempescope is available directly from their website. They’re also planning to release a commercial version later in the year, which they’ll be raising money for in a planned crowdfunding campaign.

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2 Responses

  1. William

    This is so beautiful and unique! How much does it start at $$?
    I was recently looking for meditating desktop ‘toys’ for the office and home, to help relax and find calmness during my work and school online. I like the ones that slowly bounce or move back and forth, and most are solar powered which is pretty cool. This one won’t overheat? For example, can it be left on overnight? Does it come with a timer option? I think it’s really cool and sophisticated, and not to rant, but having it also create snow and maybe even having little waves inside would have been pretty neat too. I wonder how difficult it would be to run this off of solar power? It reminds me of the current computer speakers I have that has colorful dancing water that goes along with the music I play, which is always relaxing and fun to watch and enjoy.

  2. Ann Marie

    this is so nice and looks so peaceful! i would love to have one of these and hook up my mp3 player so i can enjoy this along with some beethoven! it looks pretty big too, which is cool. i definitely have a few places in mind for something like this, and i know the kids would enjoy it too! do they come in different colors like pink and blue too??


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