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Beautiful Weather Station uses Acrylic, RGB LED, and and ESP8266
Monday, 28 March 2016 08:00

Everyone knows there’s form and there’s function. It isn’t fair, but people do judge on appearance, sometimes even overriding all other concerns. So while your Makerspace buddies might be impressed by your weather station built on a breadboard, your significant other probably isn’t. [Dennisv15] took an ordinary looking weather station design with a 0.96″ display and turned into an attractive desk piece with a much larger display and an artistic–and functional–enclosure.

The acrylic cloud lights up thanks to an RGB LED Neopixel strip and can indicate weather trends at a glance: red for warmer, blue for colder, flashing for inclement weather. The project was truly multidisciplinary, using a laser cutter to produce the body and the stand, a 3D-printed display bezel, and a PCB to make it easy to build.

The station can read the inside temperature and humidity and also reads the outside temperature and pressure, along with local forecast data from an Internet service. The original weather station design from [Daniel Eichhorn] provided all of that and an ESP8266 provides the network connectivity. You can see a video of the project in action, below.

We have seen plenty of weather stations, including many wireless ones. We can’t remember seeing a better looking one, though.


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