This wasn’t installed yet at the new terminal in San Jose International Airport when I buzzed through there in mid-2010, but how cool is their eCloud weather installation?
eCLOUD, conceived by Aaron Koblin, Nik Hafermaas, and Dan Goods, displays weather data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) via specialized liquid crystal displays, suspended from the ceilings of the San Jose International Airport. … When it’s raining, the eCLOUD appears to be dropping, while in a city that has hazy skies, the display feel slow and lazy. Stormy weather shows a busy cloud, bouncing around wildly.
The technology is made possible through liquid crystal tech, with weather data feeding into the main machine, and then delivering directions via specialized software and one hundred circuit boards out to the movable parts. There is nothing more titillating than functional art. [via The Daily Dish]