Thunderstorms are truly incredible, the sound of them slightly frightening but exciting at the same time. When I hear the roar of thunder, I always look up at the sky in search of the lightening bolt sure to come. The only bad thing about thunderstorms is that they don’t ‘storm’ in on command.
I’m an optimist, but I have to admit, thunderstorms tend to downpour on the day you have an outdoor party planned, as opposed to that perfect Sunday afternoon when you have nothing to do but stay in bed, cuddled up close with a lover, kitty cat, or stuffed animal.
Thanks to artist and designer Richard Clarkson, you can now call for a thunderstorm whenever you desire one, all that you have to do is turn on the light fixture in your bedroom and BOOM, you have an indoor thunderstorm without any water damage!
The Interactive cloud lamp looks and sounds like a real thunderstorm, plus it is equipped to play music. To make this cool creation more thunderous, it can interact with its surroundings. If you are nearby and wave your hand beneath it, it comes to attention.
Lights, microphones, a booming speaker, and motion sensors make this cloud lamp interactive. The lamp doesn’t just react to movements; it also reacts to music and streams music via bluetooth. Making it both visually appealing, and practical if you like to throw parties. While the technical features are amazing, the appearance of the cloud is so real and puffy you can get lost looking at it.
Imagine, decorating your bedroom around your favorite weather instead of your favorite color! According to Richard this type of living is closer than we assume, the combination of technology and everyday household supplies have not merged together as they should.
Richard’s official website reads, “Advances in physical computing and interaction design hardware over recent years have created a new breed of smartobjects, which are gaining more and more traction in the design world.”
Richard Clark is a lighting and furniture designer with a master degree from the School of Visual Arts in New York. According to VIMEO, “Clarkson’s style is one of harmonious contradictions and unapologetic curiosity. He uses a number of methods and ideologies to create projects truly unique.”
His work ranges to include some other really cool innovations, like the “cradle” chair, as opposed to the rocking chair. This chair is low to the ground and circular in shape, it literally looks like a cradle for adults, even allowing you to rock back and forth. While this Clark creation is incredibly relaxing, don’t get too excited, the cradle chair is $8,400, meaning the smart cloud is surprisingly more affordable. See the cradle chair here.
If you are into computer coding, there are even more reasons to love the Cloud Lamp. Coding is the basis behind how this interactive storm cloud works.
While the cloud itself is really cool, Richard’s true intent behind the product is to open doors for more advanced creations. For this reason the Cloud’s coding is open source and available online so that others can build upon it and create the future of really cool stuff we HAVE to have.
Hypoallergenic fiberfill covers a sponge casing that safeguards the inner workings of the Cloud Lamp, such as the speakers and lighting. You can control the cloud using a wireless remote control.
You’re probably wondering how much this bad cloud costs, the price on Richard’s website is $3,360. Feeling rich? For $240 more, you can add on smaller “satellite” clouds to adorn the daddy rain cloud.