Climatic Revelator
The Climatic Revelator communicates the weather forecast through the illumination of one of five dioramas depicting a Victorian couple drinking tea in a park. The scenes represent the common types of weather indicated on most barometers. These range from sitting at a table in full sun, to being blown over by gale force winds. The machine uses a weather forecast, calculated from changes in barometric pressure, to rotates the carousel so that the required scene comes into view. As the carousel rotates, five chimes are played with rising or falling tones to indicate the current pressure trend. You can see how they are made here.
The Revelator plays the tune each hour or when the forecast changes. If no one is present for an hour, the Climatic Revelator's lamps fade and it stops moving. When a person is again detected, it comes back to life chiming and displaying the latest forecast, great for being greeted in the morning or when returning home.   The optics have been carefully designed so the the scenes can be viewed from any distance, are reminiscent of early optics where images were slightly distorted by the technological limitations of the time and coincidentally create the illusion of the scene being embedded in the wall! The scenes are illuminated by a gently flickering light evoking the feel of an oil lamp. Direct pressure readings can be taken from the antique style pressure gauge. The control lever sets the gauge to display the current pressure, the pressure trend or a sequence showing the last twenty four hours of pressure readings followed by the carousel and chimes rotating. The Climatic Revelator is constructed from components and materials used extensively in Victorian steam powered machines that relied entirely on mechanical means to achieve their function. Even the power connection is disguised as an antique flexible steam pipe, employing proper brass plumbing fittings. The scenes consist of three separate cut out layers which move in a fascinating way when viewed from different angles. • The Climatic Revelator is 38cm wide by 37cm high by 13cm deep. • It is powered by a small plug in mains adapter. • The pressure readings are very accurate as the machine uses a computer to store readings from a sensor which is accurate to two decimal places. • The Revelator hangs on two screws protruding from the wall which fit into keyhole fittings on the back. • Each one is individually numbered and the engraved labels and weather scenes can be further personalised if required. The Climatic Revelator came about as I wanted to create a machine that communicated the weather forecast mechanically rather than using flickering lamps. I love the magical appearance of Victorian stereoscopic images and fold out card toy theatres and scenes, so re-creating something similar which could move into view seemed like a good idea. Following lots of experiments later, often using Lego, the optics were sorted out. It would have been far easier to use a digital display, but that would be cheating and I love the optical distortion caused by the layers and lens. It is so reminiscent of Victorian engineering. Having got a moving carousel it seemed a waste not to use the motion in some other way! I’m often asked how to get a gauge, like the one in the Climatic Revelator, to run off an Arduino PWM output, so I’ve created an information PDF that can be viewed using the link below.
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Climatic Revelator
The Climatic Revelator communicates the weather forecast through the illumination of one of five dioramas depicting a Victorian couple drinking tea in a park. The scenes represent the common types of weather indicated on most barometers. These range from sitting at a table in full sun, to being blown over by gale force winds. The machine uses a weather forecast, calculated from changes in barometric pressure, to rotates the carousel so that the required scene comes into view. As the carousel rotates, five chimes are played with rising or falling tones to indicate the current pressure trend. You can see how they are made here.
The Revelator plays the tune each hour or when the forecast changes. If no one is present for an hour, the Climatic Revelator's lamps fade and it stops moving. When a person is again detected, it comes back to life chiming and displaying the latest forecast, great for being greeted in the morning or when returning home.   The optics have been carefully designed so the the scenes can be viewed from any distance, are reminiscent of early optics where images were slightly distorted by the technological limitations of the time and coincidentally create the illusion of the scene being embedded in the wall! The scenes are illuminated by a gently flickering light evoking the feel of an oil lamp. Direct pressure readings can be taken from the antique style pressure gauge. The control lever sets the gauge to display the current pressure, the pressure trend or a sequence showing the last twenty four hours of pressure readings followed by the carousel and chimes rotating. The Climatic Revelator is constructed from components and materials used extensively in Victorian steam powered machines that relied entirely on mechanical means to achieve their function. Even the power connection is disguised as an antique flexible steam pipe, employing proper brass plumbing fittings. The scenes consist of three separate cut out layers which move in a fascinating way when viewed from different angles. • The Climatic Revelator is 38cm wide by 37cm high by 13cm deep. • It is powered by a small plug in mains adapter. • The pressure readings are very accurate as the machine uses a computer to store readings from a sensor which is accurate to two decimal places. • The Revelator hangs on two screws protruding from the wall which fit into keyhole fittings on the back. • Each one is individually numbered and the engraved labels and weather scenes can be further personalised if required. The Climatic Revelator came about as I wanted to create a machine that communicated the weather forecast mechanically rather than using flickering lamps. I love the magical appearance of Victorian stereoscopic images and fold out card toy theatres and scenes, so re-creating something similar which could move into view seemed like a good idea. Following lots of experiments later, often using Lego, the optics were sorted out. It would have been far easier to use a digital display, but that would be cheating and I love the optical distortion caused by the layers and lens. It is so reminiscent of Victorian engineering. Having got a moving carousel it seemed a waste not to use the motion in some other way! I’m often asked how to get a gauge, like the one in the Climatic Revelator, to run off an Arduino PWM output, so I’ve created an information PDF that can be viewed using the link below.
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