About this project
Atmoph Window is a new digital window that lets you:
- place the window anywhere in your room
- see beautiful videos of nature and cities around the world
- hear real sounds of those places
- download hundreds of videos over Wi-Fi
- control it with an iPhone, Android or Apple Watch
- see information you need at a glance
By simply putting it on your desk or hanging it on the wall, Atmoph Window will open up a whole new world before you, creating a liberating feel in your room. With videos and sounds of beautiful scenery from around the world, you will feel as if you are actually there.
It all started with a tiny seed of an idea born back in 10 years ago. One of our co-founders was in his room feeling suffocated. He then found out that was because all he could see out his window was the apartment building next door. “If only I could see nature spread out before me. If only I could be transported somewhere else.” he imagined. That simple idea grew over the years to the foundation of Atmoph Window.
To create a liberating feel in a room, we have already tried all types of devices: smartphones, tablets, TVs and projectors, even VR headsets. Yet none of these were able to naturally bring an invigorating experience to your home. We needed something that was always there and that connected you to the world outside: a window.
All videos provided for Atmoph Window are exclusively filmed with a 4K professional camera and high-performance microphone. Because we wanted the digital window to be perceived as natural as a real window, we have conducted thorough and continuous testing for the right camera angle, best composition, perfect position of the horizon and so on. With more than 80 footages already filmed by us, more and more videos will also be provided exclusively from our partners of professional photographers and videographers.
Everyone is interested in what’s happening now, so we have enabled live streaming. People coming and going on the street in London, sudden rain falling on a tranquil zen garden of Kyoto, or a flock of sheep wandering on a grassland in New Zealand, you will experience unexpectedness of everyday life somewhere else through Atmoph Window. We are going to increase live spots over time around the world.
Have you ever encountered an amazing view while traveling so that you wanted to stay there forever? Or do you miss scenery of your home town that brings back memories? Now you can have those views in your room, by just uploading your own videos to Atmoph Window from your favorite browser.
Smartphones are a great innovation for searching for information or getting notifications, but in your room at home, sometimes it can be a pain when all you need is something simple: a time, the date, the weather or a calendar. So we made it. You can easily see the information you need in that moment with just a glance at Atmoph Window.
Through researching all sorts of actual windows in myriad architecture, we have concluded that the digital window should fit naturally into every type of interior, without being too exceptional. So, the form eventually became minimal by cutting out unnecessary elements from the “real” window in our “digital” window.
You can choose from deliberately selected 4 colors: Oak, Walnut, White and Black.
We didn’t want a vinyl cord to be dangling from the frame. Instead, Atmoph Window comes with a beautifully woven fabric cord in ivory.
From the start, we had decided that operating Atmoph Window should be a no-brainer. Right out of the box, without even setting up Wi-Fi in your room, you can start enjoying various sceneries on your Atmoph Window, by running the pre-installed videos. Later, you can add more videos of your preference from a wide range of collections over Wi-Fi.
iPhone and Android
Just select a scenery of your choice on your iPhone or Android, after downloading our free app. It’s that simple. You can also make a favorites list or purchase/download additional videos.
Apple Watch (newly added!)
Smart phones are great, but wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could change the view with your watch? So, now we support Apple Watch. You can turn on information you want, change the view to the next or select your choice of scenery from your favorites list.
You can easily turn on the information layer on Atmoph Window by simply pausing your hand in front of it, toward a tiny proximity sensor embedded inside the upper frame. This simple action handles multiple tasks depending on situations.
Atmoph Window’s alarm clock will wake you up with a pleasant sound of birds chirping along with a morning view of your choice. When you are not awoken every morning to a beeping alarm clock, the start of your day will change. What’s more, the information you need in the hectic morning is just a glance away.
You may not want to bother changing sceneries every day. Atmoph Window has a smart scheduling feature that automatically changes sceneries based on the time of day.
- 27-inch high-contrast display (1920x1080, anti-glare)
- 1.5 GHz quad-core ARM Cortex-A5
- H.265 hardware decoder
- 1GB DDR3 memory
- 32GB storage
- proximity and ambient light sensors
- Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n (2.4 GHz)
- 3W full-range speaker
- AC adaptor (100-240V) with ivory fabric cord
- 30 W (approx. half of a light bulb)
- 25.2” x 15.0” x 2.2” (640 x 380 x 55 mm)
- 10.8 lb (4.9 kg)
* These videos are exclusively for you. You give us a location and types of the images you expect. However, we cannot retake again upon your request nor guarantee 100% satisfactory footages in part due to weather and status of the location at the time. We will try our best! Besides, our round-trip transportation cost must be within the reward price.
Besides from the pre-installed 10 videos, all Atmoph Window backers will get additional videos of your favorite scenery from the collection, upon reaching each stretch goal.
Atmoph is a team of nature lovers and travelers in Kyoto with engineering and design background. Co-founders Kyohi Kang and Kyohei Nakano were teammates who previously worked together on building user interface and network service for internet-connected consumer products. Yoko Tarui is a talented designer who has long experience in graphic design and UI design.
We couldn't have continued this project to this date without help and encouragement from many people, but first of all, we are very grateful to our family and friends for their generous support. Just to name a few: Kosuke Tarui, Tomohiro Tange, Misaki Tsuruta + Kota Mochiduki (dekolabo), Shohei Ishikawa, Sonoko Hiromori, Momoko Suzuki, Kazuya Suzuki, Yasunari Kikuma, Dai Iizaka, Kei Ohnaka, Hiroyuki Sumide, Daisuke Okamoto, Irina, Mohammed, Gerd Kramer, Tomy Kamada.
Risks and challenges
The manufacturing of hardware products is a series of complex processes, as you may know. Atmoph Window is a very large product in solid form and created without any compromises, thus making the process of injection molding challenging. We recognize that this is not an easy task, but we have been continuously consulting our industrial designer and manufacturers.
Over the years, we have designed and developed a user interface, software and network services for consumer hardware. Since the cost is high for a mistake in mold design or production, we will continue cooperating with our professional partners in Japan to produce high-quality products.
We think the designing of the frame is the highest priority, because Atmoph Window is not a digital gadget but an interior item for your room. The look should not be sacrificed for functionality. However, we cannot promise that our current design will never change, since, unfortunately, unpredictable problems that are out of our control may occur in production.
We promise to always keep our backers in the loop, no matter what happens, good or bad. Each time we make progress, or when we are not making progress (good heavens!), we will update you on our project status. Let’s build a great product together!
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