In New York, it is not uncommon to find a bedroom with no immediate window access. That is because International Residential Code (IRC) R303 allows these rooms to exist, so long as there is artificial lighting as well as some form of ventilation leading outside. Getting dressed is one of the first decisions made in accordance with the outdoors--and even those who have immediate window access get it wrong. For those who live within rooms deemed habitable by IRC R303, it can be a bigger challenge. Mō is an alarm clock which allows people to feel how hot or cold it is outside via the top aluminum panel.
These initial models were an exploration of how one might interact with a haptic weather forecasting alarm clock.
The haptic weather forecaster, Mō, is an alarm clock that features an aluminum-top snooze button that changes temperature based on the local weather. By using a peltier unit (or thermoelectric cooler) connected via wifi-module, Mō offers the user a new way to understand the weather while trying to smoothly integrate itself into the user’s habits.
Connecting Mō to the Weather
Mō use the Mō app to sync with the user’s phone location as well as alarms. Once the phone is connected, the user calibrates Mō to the temperature they believe is hot (t-shirt and shorts weather) and cold (Jackets and knitwear), allowing Mō to provide a personalized forecast for the user.