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This Cloud is more than just thunder and lightning


Before you start thinking that this Cloud is just some sort of pretentious art instalment, think again.

Yes, it’s artistic, but Richard Clarkson’s Cloud goes far beyond and and brilliantly combines the worlds of design and technology.

In short, the Cloud is ‘an interactive lamp and speaker system, designed to mimic a thundercloud in both appearance and entertainment.’ Yep, you heard correctly. This Cloud that hangs gracefully from the ceiling uses motion sensors to detect an individual’s presence and creates an extremely realistic lightning and thunder show, all dictated by that person’s movement.

As well as perhaps one of the more epic instalments you could ever really have in your house, the Cloud is also an interactive lamp and a speaker system. Users are able to stream music via a Bluetooth device, and the Cloud even reacts with an appropriate colour display based on the particular track you listen to. And all this is controlled by a small wireless remote. Amazing.


Ready to explode upon entry

Designer Clarkson says: “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”.

Indeed, designers are becoming more and more multitalented, incorporating sensors and code into their work, helping spawn the creation of new and meaningful interactive objects. The code for the Cloud is even publicly available to help breed the next generation of smart objects.

But for now, the Cloud goes down as one of the best multi-task installments that we’ve seen so far (if you’re willing to fork out the £3,360 asking price). Hats off to you Richard.

Photos: Richard Clarkson

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