Smart home screens are not a new idea – people have been trying to turn them into traditional monitors built into mirrors, monitors that use E Ink, and more. But none of them are quite like Weather Poster, a Kickstarter project by designer Oli Woods and his company, Typified. The project seems to merge traditional art (in this case a screen-printed poster) with modern technology to create a smart display that is more limited in function but far nicer and less intrusive than just hanging a screen on your wall.
As the name suggests, Weather Poster does only one thing: it shows you the upcoming weather forecast for the day. It is not a particularly detailed forecast ̵
Woods also does a great job on the technical side: as mentioned earlier, the screen is a traditional paper item that uses heat-sensitive ink to "light" relevant icons using forecast data drawn from the Internet. It's a nice mix of analog and digital technology, even if you can just get the same forecast from your phone.
Of course, this is a Kickstarter project, and that means there are warnings. First, the price – Weather Poster is available at an early bird price of $ 134, which is quite expensive for a rather limited forecast unit like this (though it does double as a nice poster). The poster is also the first product from a small, new company that has not yet shipped anything, and the date of July 2019 seems somewhat ambitious.
Finally, Weather Poster gets only free forecast data for two years: after that it will have to pay $ 7.50 a year for forecast information. It's not a huge price, but it gives cause for concern that if Typified goes out of business, you will be stuck with a fancy looking poster that doesn't do much at all.
It still seems to be a nice idea, and if it is supposed to work, I would be interested to see where else Typified takes his fancy poster concept in the future – imagine a subway poster telling you when your train comes or some kind of paper-based smart watch.