Tempescope via Indiegogo
Tempescope via Indiegogo

This Box Can Simulate the Weather Forecast

Tempescope via Indiegogo
Tempescope via Indiegogo

After vacationing to the Mariana Islands in the North Pacific, Tokyo-based software engineer Ken Kawamoto longed for a way to bring the tropical weather home with him. Most people would have written this off as an impossible dream, but Kawamoto was inspired to invent the tempescope, an “ambient weather display” that simulates rain, clouds, and purple lighting within a space no bigger than a table lamp.

Kawamoto built the first prototype in 2012 using an LED, an ultrasonic diffuser, water and air pumps, and $1 shampoo bottles. His project garnered much attention from the DIY community, and he created an open source version soon after. It was designed to be buildable with readily available materials, but it still required a significant amount of time and skill to assemble. So Kawamoto and his team have taken the tempescope to Indiegogo, where they hope to raise $398,000 to create easy-to-build $199 kits that can be shipped out on a commercial scale. 

The gadget syncs to a weather forecast app on your phone to replicate weather conditions from any part of the globe. You can program it to show you what the weather will look like in your own backyard tomorrow, or you can have it simulate the skies over the home of a long-distance friend. You can also customize the weather to fit your current mood, setting it for rain before you curl up with a good book or for sunshine on a dreary day. 

As of now, the campaign has raised less than 40 percent of its goal, but there are still 39 days left to donate and reserve a tempescope of your own. If all goes as planned, their “caged atmospheres” will be sitting on desktops and coffee tables around the world by next spring.

[h/t: City Lab

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Bibo Barmaid Is Like a Keurig for Cocktails—and You Can Buy It Now
Bibo Barmaid
Bibo Barmaid

To make great-tasting cocktails at home, you could take a bartending class, or you could just buy a fancy gadget that does all the work for you. Imbibers interested in the hands-off approach should check out Bibo Barmaid, a cocktail maker that works like a Keurig machine for booze.

According to Supercall, all you need to turn the Bibo Barmaid system into your personal mixologist is a pouch of liquor and a pouch of cocktail flavoring. Bibo's liquor options include vodka, whiskey, rum, and agave spirit (think tequila), which can be paired with flavors like cucumber melon, rum punch, appletini, margarita, tangerine paloma, and mai tai.

After choosing your liquor and flavor packets, insert them into the machine, press the button, and watch as it dilutes the mixture and pours a perfect single portion of your favorite drink into your glass—no muddlers or bar spoons required.

Making cocktails at home usually means investing in a lot of equipment and ingredients, which isn't always worth it if you're preparing a drink for just yourself or you and a friend. With Bibo, whipping up a cocktail isn't much harder than pouring yourself a glass of wine.

Bibo Barmaid is now available on Amazon for $240, and cocktail mixes are available on Bibo's website starting at $35 for 18 pouches. The company is working on rolling out its liquor pouches in liquor stores and other alcohol retailers across the U.S.

[h/t Supercall]

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New Health-Monitoring Litter Box Could Save You a Trip to the Vet
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Unsure if your cat is sick or just acting aloof per usual? A “smart toilet” for your fur baby could help you decide whether a trip to the vet is really necessary.

Enter the Pet Care Monitor: More than a litter box, the receptacle is designed to analyze cat urine for health issues, The Asahi Shimbun in Tokyo reports. Created by the Japan-based Sharp Corporation—better known for consumer electronics such as TVs, mobile phones, and the world's first LCD calculator—the product will be available for purchase on the company’s website starting July 30 (although shipping limitations may apply).

Sensors embedded in the monitor can measure your cat’s weight and urine volume, as well as the frequency and duration of toilet trips. That information is then analyzed by an AI program that compares it to data gleaned from a joint study between Sharp Corp and Tottori University in Japan. If there are any red flags, a report will be sent directly to your smartphone via an application called Cocoro Pet. The monitor could be especially useful for keeping an eye on cats with a history of kidney and urinary tract problems.

If you have several cats, the company offers sensors to identify each pet, allowing separate data sets to be collected and analyzed. (Each smart litter box can record the data of up to three cats.)

The Pet Care Monitor costs about $225, and there’s an additional monthly fee of roughly $3 for the service. Sharp Corporation says it will continue developing health products for pets, and it has already created a leg sensor that can tell if a dog is nervous by measuring its heart and respiratory rates.

[h/t The Asahi Shimbun]

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