BloomSky has launched its Kickstarter project to revolutionize the way we view weather data. BloomSky uses crowd sourced weather data, but like traffic apps like Waze. The system consists of a BloomSky sensor which is placed outdoors, an indoor sensor, and a mobile app. The outdoor sensor is resistant to temperatures from -13 to 149°F. It features a 250 sensor rain detector and 179° wide angle camera. The camera will take pictures during the day and create a time lapse video. The indoor module will record your indoor and outdoor temperature and other metrics. The app will let you access all this data in real time and share it.
BloomSky’s Kickstarter runs through July 28th and currently has over $31,000 for its $75,000 goal. You can get the outdoor sensor starting at $99 and the entire kit starting at $169. Deliveries are expected in March 2015. You can find the Kickstarter campaign here.
BloomSky Launches Kickstarter Campaign For App-Enabled Personal Weather Station, Aims To Re-Imagine The Way We Access Weather Information
- State-of-the-art BloomSky sensors constantly track temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, and UV light exposure, and come equipped with an innovative rain sensor and 170-degree adjustable ultra-wide camera.
- BloomSky is a combination hardware-mobile network, inspired by other crowd-sourced networks like Waze, that transforms users into personal weather stations. Access hyperlocal, media-rich weather data from a network of mobile-enabled devices.
- ￼￼“It’s a radical shift in the whole system, moving from this centralized, predictive, standardized approach to a real-time, hyperlocal personal data stream.” – JT Xiao
￼June 18, 2014 – BloomSky is raising funds for for its crowdsourced, hyperlocal mobile weather network, aiming to change the way we think about weather reports.
BloomSky is a combination hardware-mobile network that transforms users into personal weather stations. State-of-the-art BloomSky sensors constantly track temperature, barometric pressure, humidity, and UV light exposure, and come equipped with an innovative rain sensor and 170-degree adjustable camera. Users can access all of this information from any sensor on the BloomSky network right from the palm of their hand, and literally see what the weather is like, wherever they like.
￼￼“When you look at how a regular meteorologist’s report works, you quickly realize how useless the information they provide often is,” says BloomSky CEO and Founder JT Xiao, an experienced Chinese entrepreneur and project director. “What they’re doing is aggregating data and generalizing predictions across a wide area, and this is the information that gets reported across the board on weather apps and weather channels alike.
“But people don’t care what the average weather is like for the entire city of San Francisco, where the change from neighborhood to neighborhood can be like flying to another country. They want to know what the weather is like outside the taco stand in the Mission District where they’re meeting their friends for dinner. BloomSky makes that possible.”
BloomSky, he says, is not just a new app to compete within the old model, but a generational shift in the way weather information is gathered and reported.
“BloomSky presents a radical change in the whole system, moving from this centralized, predictive, standardized approach to a real-time, hyperlocal personal data stream, gathered by innovative new mobile-equipped hardware sensors and shared across a social, crowd- sourced network,” says Xiao.
The new approach is made possible on BloomSky’s innovative outdoor and indoor weather monitoring devices. Sleek and unobtrusive, the BloomSky sensor can be inserted into the ground anywhere or attached to a wall or rooftop. The sensor is built to withstand extreme weather conditions, including temperatures ranging from 13 below to over 149 Fahrenheit. It is completely resistant to water, dust and sunlight. A single battery charge lasts up to 20 days. With the solar panel option, BloomSky will be able to operate without any interruptions.
Attached to the top is BloomSky’s unique, 250-sensor-point rain detector, rigorously tested and proven to differentiate between rainfall and other moisture. BloomSky sensors also come equipped with a 170-degree, adjustable angle ultra-wide shooting lens that takes pictures all day and night at regular intervals. Users can access the visual feed remotely in realtime, and the mobile app compiles the pictures at the end of the day into a stunning time- lapse video that can be shared with friends and loved ones. The indoor device, meanwhile, provides an analog readout of outdoor vs. indoor temperature, and also records other measures.
“We are extremely proud of the backend work that went into the devices themselves,” says Xiao, who said the idea to crowdsource the BloomSky network came from other products like Waze. “The app interface is very clean and straightforward, but the mobile platform is meaningless without the on-the-ground, media-rich data you can access thanks to features like the rain sensor and camera. When you think about the change we’re proposing, the kind of data you’re able to access and where you’re able to access it from is what really distinguishes the BloomSky network from a traditional weather report.”
￼BloomSky: Snapshot of Your Weather
For BloomSky, Kickstarter was the logical source for funding of its official product launch.
“We knew we were going to turn to Kickstarter from the beginning, because crowdsourcing is already such an integral part of the BloomSky network. We’re encouraging people to take a more active role in informing themselves and others about the weather, so launching an open fundraiser only made sense.”
With innovative new features, a durable, streamlined design, and the ability to access media-rich, hyperlocal data across a network of active users, BloomSky is poised to revolutionize the way people think about the weather.
BloomSky aims to bring weather into the digital age by changing the way data is collected and shared. Crowdsourcing is the most efficient way to build an infrastructure capable of achieving accurate, hyperlocal weather data around the world.￼￼￼￼￼