Antique Weather Clock

Antique Weather Clock

I love the idea of hacking antiques, using electronics to update their functionality or change it completely. I came up with this concept for an antique weather clock, instead of telling the time it tells you the weather.

Antique Weather Clock

I used a fake antique (replica) that I picked up for cheep on eBay. I took out the clock work, and replaced it with a servo and a micro-controller, then I re-designed the face of the clock keeping a similar look to the original time piece. The weather service I was using reports something like 40 different weather conditions, so I had to condense the list, and I ended up with 14 ‘conditions’

  • Cold
  • Hot
  • Fog / Haze
  • Cloudy
  • Partially Cloudy
  • Sunny / Clear
  • Clear at Night
  • Rain / Showers
  • Mixed winter precipitation (sleet / freezing rain)
  • Snow
  • Windy
  • Thunderstorms
  • Severe Weather (hurricane / tornado)
  • Dead Clock (no internet connection / service errors)
Antique Weather Clock

In 2011 I re-worked the micro-controller to be fully self contained (previously it required a USB connection and had an app running on a computer)

It now runs over WiFi, needing just power or battery connection. I off-loaded the logic to run on a web app, so I can change the zip-code or weather service without re-flashing the firmware. However every time I change WiFi credentials I have to re-program the controller.

© 2006 Peter Schirmer