Designer Richard Clarkson, who is known for his cloud designs, has partnered with Crealev to create “Making Weather”, an incredible remote-controlled indoor thunder cloud that levitates above a glass base to reflect embedded LED lightning bolts, which strike with the beat of music being played through the cloud’s hidden stereo system.
Clarkson previously created a rotary dial smartphone and an interactive cloud speaker upon which Making Weather is based.
Making Weather is the name of the collaboration effort to create a floating cloud. While the collaboration is ongoing the first prototype has recently been released; A mid-size cloud which floats above a reflective oval base. Embedded into both the base and the Cloud are magnetic components that allow the cloud to float 1-2 inches off the base. While the base itself must remain plugged in a rechargeable lithium ion battery powers the Cloud and enables a totally wireless and unobstructed levitation while in use. With full rotational movement and slight vertical bobbing of the cloud a more realistic atmospheric experience is possible. Similar to the original Smart Cloud this floating cloud also has an inbuilt Bluetooth speaker and sound reactive LED lights. With the hopes that this will soon become available as a commercial product both companies will continue innovate with the exciting technology.
Richard Clarkson explains the idea and process behind his interactive clouds.