TokyCloudWeather connected Cloud
TokyCloud is a beautifull, artistic and useful project to visualize the weather condition. It also has a connection to Windows AI Cortana, so you can use voice command to control it too.
It is perfect to be hanged in your living room, or in your bedroom. And I am sure will captivate the attention of all your friends and family.
This is one of the projects that captivated most attention from the Toky Community. It is not hard to build and to code, but the result is impressive!
Furthermore, it leaves room for improvement, and more complete projects.The code can get as complex as you want, adding more functionalities, but here we are posting the basic one. The main features are:
- Lights up a Sun when the weather forecast calls for clear on your location
- Electric lightening flashes and blue drops fall down when the weather forecast calls for storm on your location
- Lights up a moon 15 minutes before the sunset on your location.
- The cloud shows off all it’s colours when party mode is on.
- The Cloud lights up a couple of stars and a quarter of the moon just at sunset.
Can turn on any of the states by calling them using Cortana voice command
Materials & Tools
rope or string
Step 1: inflate a baloon, wrap the rope and glue it. You can use hot glue or wood glue with water.
Step 2: remove the baloon
If you are using wood glue, I am afraid you will need to wait 24h to let it dry, or to use a hair dryer. After it is removed, cut out the extra ropes to have just the minimum amount of structure to sustain the cotton (see next image)
Step 3: Add the lights
The connections are:
64xLED MATRIX: OUT1
8xLED: OUT 2, 3 and 4
30xLED Strip: OUT 5
Of course, you could connect all the lights to the same Output and work on a bit more complex code, but since I don’t need to connect anything else, I went for the easy lazy solution 🙂
Step 4: Add the Tokymaker
Glue the back part of the Tokymaker to the rope.
Connect the usb and use the cable as hanger (you will need to have a USB port in the ceiling)
Step 5: Glue the cotton
First, check that the 8x LED are glued at the bottom of the cloud.
Now, cover the cloud with a very thin layer of cotton. Just to hide the inside structure and cables.
Use hot glue to do it, and be careful not to burn your hands.
Step 6: Add a second layer of cotton to create a more beautiful shape.
Create.tokylabs.com or Create.tokylabs.cn
You can download the code here:Tokycloud_plus_cortana_V1.xml (32 downloads)
Create the applets
In Ifttt we will use cortana voice commands API and weather API to do all we need.
In the picture you can see how it is sending a number to my “weather” feed in adafruit depending on the voice command I say, and the actual weather.
It is fairly simple, but again, if you never did that before, go to www.tokylabs.com/learn and start over there.
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