Waterdrop – Infrared Clock/Weather Lab

The San Francisco Company “Sharper Image” has developed the Waterdrop – an innovative clock and personal weather station. Besides some of the usual features, such as a weather forecast, and temperature and humidity readings, which are displayed on an illuminated LCD screen, the Waterdrop is equipped with a hands-free infrared sensor. This means you can wave your hand in front of the unit in order to silence the alarm clock and activate a five-minute snooze. Thanks to the weather forecast, when you finally decide to get up you’ll know what to wear.

The Waterdrop Weather Station is a fairly sophisticated device, which features weather forecast icons for sunny, slightly cloudy, cloudy, rainy, and stormy weather. The device also measures and displays indoor and outdoor temperature readings, humidity (25% – 95%), maximum temperature and humidity, barometric pressure (of the last 24-hours) and moon phase icons.The screen has a changeable backlight with three different levels and illuminated digits. 

The Waterdrop includes an outdoor sensor, which measures and indicates the current outdoor weather, transmitting at a frequency of 433MHz. Although only one outdoor sensor is included in the package, the device is capable of receiving and displaying readings from up to 5 different remote sensors placed in 5 different areas within the transmission range (up to 246 feet from the device).

The Waterdrop’s clock features U.S. Atomic time and date and can serve as an alarm clock. All you need to do in order to silence the alarm and activate the snooze option is to wave your hand 3 inches away from the unit. Once the snooze is activated, the clock’s screen is illuminated for five seconds (in case you happened to wonder what time it was). 

The Waterdrop measures 5.7″ x 9.8″ x 2.2″ and weighs 1.4 lbs. It runs on 4 AA batteries or with a plug-in AC adapter. The transmitter runs on 2 AA batteries and costs about $120.

TFOT recently reported on Aluna – a proposal for the world’s first tidal powered Moon Clock, developed by British designer Laura Williams. In 2006, TFOT reported on the WidgetStation – a unique clock, countdown timer, and alarm clock, with an amazing one millisecond accuracy. The WidgetStation has already won the 2007 International CES Innovations Design and Engineering Award. Also in 2006, TFOT covered the Liquid-Time Sculpture invented by Bernard Gitton, which displays the time using a complex system of pipes and siphons.

More information on the Waterdrop Weather Station is available on Sharper Image’s website.