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Surf Window is an interactive beach diorama that displays surf conditions

Arduino TeamOctober 29th, 2019

While some of us live directly beside the beach, others—the vast majority, in fact—reside inland where we can’t see the waves on a day-to-day basis. As a solution to this issue, surfer-maker Luke Clifford came up with his own “Surf Window,” an interactive diorama that shows real-time surf conditions at a glance.

The Arduino Mega-controlled device pulls beach info from the Magicseaweed API, then adjusts the laser-cut wooden stage to match. Indicators include starfish that light up depending on how good the surf conditions are overall, a physical wave model that moves up and down to represent height, a rotating seagull to reveal wind direction, and more. 

Whether you’re a landlocked surfer, or just someone who wants to know more about the environment, this looks like a really interesting gadget. The build is currently wrapping up a Kickstarter campaign if you’d like to have your own!