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Australian company designs digital poster that uses smart ink to display the weather

If you’re anything like me and insist on checking the weather on your phone before you jump out of bed each morning (and while staring blankly at your wardrobe), this Kickstarter might be of interest!

Typified, a small Australian company that develops internet-connected products, has created a digital poster that displays the weather in real time thanks to smart ink and WiFi.

The central idea behind the project, and Typified’s general product theology, is to: “Release products which don’t ask anything of you to do their job, but help you in your day to day life. These products will be less intrusive ways of expressing the internet and have strong Art and Design influences.”

Several smart ink weather posters

Weather poster on the wall in living room

The screen-printed poster uses smart ink, which has been manipulated at a chemical level to respond to specific stimuli. In this case, the ink responds to a tiny computer that is connected to the internet; once you’ve plugged it in and connected it to your WiFi, the poster takes over.

“We live in an incredible age of connected information but the ways that it integrates into our lives is often intrusive and overly demanding,” the company’s Kickstarter reads.

“Screens ensnare our attention and then usually keep it for much longer than we feel good about. We think there is a place for less attention demanding products which just take care of one important task in an ultra convenient way, whilst also adding to the look and feel of your home or workplace.”

And they may be onto something. The poster can display the weather at different times throughout the day – 8am, 12pm, 4pm,= and 8pm – and updates regularly as the weather forecast changes. One of three symbols will be displayed at a time, grouping similar weather types together:

Weather poster icons

My biggest criticism is that it can only display one day at a time and doesn’t display specific temperatures (which is critical information when outfit-planning). But this is a good starting point for a unique idea.

Retail price is yet been released, but we do know that after two years of free access to the weather forecast, you will be required to pay approximately $10.50 per year.

See their Kickstarter page for more info and details on how to support.

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