About this project
MEET SKY2 & STORM: THE COMPLETE SMART WEATHER CAMERA SYSTEM
After a successful campaign with our first generation SKY personal weather camera station in 2014, we’re back on Kickstarter to fulfill our promise and more.
Introducing the second generation SKY2 and the all new STORM.
SKY2 is our second generation weather camera station measuring;
- Barometric pressure
At the heart of it, SKY2 features an HD camera capturing real-time images every 5 minutes. At the end of the day, you'll have a time-lapse, telling a clear story of your sky.
STORM is an all new accessory device measuring;
- Rainfall total
- Wind speed
- Wind direction
It is a wireless add-on device paired with your SKY1 or SKY2 only, providing you with more data that matters.
BloomSky APP is your free mobile control center for sharing and viewing valuable weather information. The interface intuitively displays collected data from your devices so you have on demand access to real-time conditions.
As a device owner, you can broadcast current weather trends or changes. Send notifications in friendly greetings or weather reports to your followers so they can be informed when you are.
STRENGTH IN NUMBERS
Our growing BloomSky weather community is designed to bring people closer, and reinvent the way we share and consume weather information. Share and view real-time images and hyperlocal data no matter where you are.
WATCH & SEE: The difference between BloomSky and your typical weather source.
IN THE MEDIA
We are committed to improving the BloomSky experience through continuous progress and innovation. If we reach $300,000 in goal, we will develop an Outdoor Air Quality monitoring system to enrich your overall data wealth. We will build it together with your feedback and give all Kickstarter backers exclusive priority and discount if realized.
WHAT IT CAN DO FOR YOU
- Share your sky with family and friends.
- Send customized notifications to your device followers.
- Personalize to favorite locations or devices to follow.
- See your sky and access your weather data no matter where you are.
- Multi-coated lenses
- Anti-reflective casing
- High color fidelity
- 45° angle adjustable shooting
- Automatic time-lapse generator
- Stunning images from ultra-wide HD camera.
- See your sky anytime, anywhere.
- View a time-lapse of the day at the end of the day.
NEWS 08/10/16: We've partnered with IFTTT to bring you native access feature, available now in latest BloomSky App 3.0.3 for download.
Introducing the new native IFTTT integration on the latest app update (3.0.3). BloomSky + IFTTT is now more powerful, together. Learn more on our official blog or download the app in the App Store or Google Play. Watch this short in-app video demo.
- Working together with IFTTT to easily trigger various smart devices and more.
- Automatically adjust thermostat, control irrigation systems and more possibilities.
- Be informed with hyperlocal weather changes and trends that matters most to you.
- Explore areas with microclimates or wherever you wish to go.
- Web based heat map function gives you overview perspective of changes and trends over a whole region.
- Our community-driven weather data allows you to contribute accurate weather information to others .
- Know whether to bring more sunscreen to that picnic, If to bring the umbrella on your way to the golf course, or even just what to wear wherever you need to go.
- Weather-driven businesses are using BloomSky to add value to their customer experience by keeping them informed so they're not left guessing.
- BloomSky network has become a valuable business optimization tool for Airbnb hosts, restaurant managers, recreation operators, vineyard owners and more.
SKY2 is the sequel to SKY1. After a year of listening to you, the early BloomSky community, we've made it better. We have seen it survive the rough winters in Minnesota to the hottest conditions in Arizona. From the peaks of Himalayas to the dunes of Dubai, our first generation was tested to the extreme. We will continue to push the limit with SKY2, together.
SKY2 NEW UPDATES
Based on valuable feedback from SKY1 users and community, we've tweaked the product for improved reliability and accuracy.
- Bluetooth-enable set up option for easier and faster install.
- Relocated the UV sensor to STORM to optimize reading accuracy.
SKY1 is only equipped with WiFi-enabled set up option. Now you have two options for initial set up on SKY2. The data will still be transmitted through WiFi network.
We have relocated the UV to STORM device for improved sensor placement. The UV sensor was placed on an adjustable cover on SKY1 which can be skewed when tilted. STORM will have a natural upright placement which makes more sense for UV exposure.
STORM is our newest and first accessory. It works with your SKY1 or SKY2 device in concert to bring you a complete weather data reporting system. It uses a tipping bucket to measure rainfall accurately, which can be easily removed for cleaning or replacement. It is also equipped with bird spike to prevent landing and roosting.
NOT JUST AN APP, A COMMUNITY
FROM CONCEPT TO PRODUCT
A SEAMLESS SYSTEM
THE TEAM THAT MADE THIS POSSIBLE
BloomSky is the brainchild of JT Xiao, an industrial designer and weather enthusiast, and the product of an incredible team of engineers, developers, and designers united by a passion for visual weather.
Our engineering team has over a decade of hardware/software experience, and have developed products that have reached 300,000 unit sales in Apple stores across the globe.
JT and the rest of our designers have won over a dozen Red Dot Design and IF Design Awards between them throughout the years. Together, we set out to create a global platform that can unite weather enthusiasts and improve lives in real-time.
WHAT YOU GET
A fully connected weather camera station kit that fits your need, large or small.
Is the inner weather geek in you calling? SKYPRO Kit is packaged for the prosumers who need a little more than just the essentials. The kit includes everything in the box for SKY2 and STORM, so you'll have a complete set of weather camera reporting system.
Or if simplicity is your thing, then SKYLITE Kit is packaged for users who just need the essentials. The kit includes everything in the box for SKY2, so you can take advantage of real-time data however fits your needs.
KICKSTARTER SPECIAL: FREE Mount and Tripod Stand will be added to the kits exclusively for Kickstarter backers only. After Kickstarter, the mount and tripod stand will be sold separately.
- SKYPRO includes one free Mount AND one free Tripod Stand.
- SKYLITE includes one free Mount ONLY.
- STORM includes one free Tripod Stand ONLY.
PLEASE NOTE: STORM will pair with your current SKY1 or SKY2 device only. Single STORM sales on Kickstarter is available for purchase to existing SKY1 users only right now.
Mark Ahrens, Susan Druin, Barry Heffron, Federico Ippoliti, Lynn Williams Johnson, Jacob Olsen, Giovanni Paredes, Morgan Whaley, Paul Wilkerson, Stanzin Yangskit and all the user video participants!
Film Nanako Fukui Film & Team
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Risks and challenges
Our products SKY2 and STORM have been tested and are scheduled for production. Planned delivery begin in September in limited quantities. Our added tripod stand is in prototype phase and is going through proper testing and certification. In the unlikely event of a third party manufacturing line and/or supplier delay, we will promptly inform Kickstarter backers of new delivery time.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Both SKY1 and STORM has UV sensor. If you are using SKY1 with STORM, the system will automatically recognize and report from the UV sensor on STORM. You will not have to do a thing.
Yes, both SKY2 and STORM are equipped with its individual solar panel for continuous charging. The images of the solar panel on the Kickstarter page depicts actual product. The solar panel on STORM is more compact than SKY2 because it requires less amount of energy needed for uninterrupted operation. We designed it to have less footprint for more placement possibilities.
At the moment, your SKY1/SKY2 can only host/pair one STORM device at a time per SKY. Even if you have two STORM devices, it will only recognize one and will not activate other(s).
Although STORM needs to be paired with SKY1/SKY2 to work, it actually transmits data through radio frequency directly to an indoor dongle (included) connected to your existing router via LAN cable (included), which then sends it to the cloud. There is no required distance between SKY1/SKY2 and STORM. However, SKY1/SK2 will need to be within range of your optimal WiFi signal. STORM has up to 100 meters in range from the indoor dongle.
Yes, as device owner you will have access to a personal dashboard where you can download raw data in .csv files. It is also presented in graph and chart for easy analysis. Your images and time-lapses are also safely stored for viewing and extraction as you please. You have access to data whenever you want as needed without taking up your own valuable storage.
Yes, there is currently an integration point between BloomSky and Weather Underground. It's a one time setup to link the two accounts. Once established, data will automatically feed into WU platform. This includes visual data.
Yes there is! To get an API Key, BloomSky station owners can go to their Dashboard, and click “Developers.” Below is more documentation on the BloomSky API. A download link is provided for offline convenience. However, please be aware that due to the level of knowledge required to install the code our support team can’t walk users through this process. In these cases, we recommend using IFTTT channel to connect and otherwise automate your weather station.
What if I'm not familiar with API but still want to connect my weather station to other smart devices?
The API requires a certain level of programming knowledge to implement. If you don’t have the background to work with a web API, fear not! Try the BloomSky IFTTT channel to connect your weather station. IFTTT (if this then that) can connect your station to other devices around your home, automatically save images or time-lapse videos from your BloomSky, and a lot more.
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