In the Pacific Northwest, the weather changes in an instant. One moment, it’s bright, sunny and perfectly acceptable to go outside without a hoodie. The next, you’re shivering your butt off in that annoying gray mist.
Next week at CES, Silicon Valley startup BloomSky is going to demo its “new style of weather station, which uses digital cloud computing to bring ‘hyperlocal’ weather reporting directly to your smartphone.” The device also lets you share your data and images via your social networks.
The system includes an outdoor module, which you install in your backyard or what have you, that measures six factors in predicting weather: temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, UV exposure, precipitation, and wind speed and direction. It also has an “ultra-wide angle HD camera” to record the weather. It sends the updates to your smartphone, and you can use it to post the changes to your Facebook and Twitter feeds.
It’s still in beta testing in San Francisco, but they’ll be at CES, too. Perhaps you’ll never be caught without a hoodie again?