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Storm Glass: A Spherical Swirling Storm on Your Desk

grajohnt posts on Twitter and hackster.io a wonderful project: a cross between a snow globe and the planet Mars!

Rheoscopic fluids allow the currents and turbulence in fluids to be seen. They’re typically made with mica, a mineral that forms small shiny flat plates that easily moves within a fluid.You can find them in science museums (such as the Glasgow Science Centre), or as art displays (most famously, the Kalliroscopes of Paul Matisse)

I’ve always loved the way the fluid moved within these displays, and I wanted to build something that didn’t require interaction. I also thought it would be interesting to light them from within or underneath, rather than relying on light reflecting off of the mica plates.

So, I tried it, and the result was actually pretty interesting.

See how to make your own using Adafruit parts like the Circuit Playground Bluefruit, many are in AdaBox 014, via the project build on Hackster.io. The code is on GitHub, written in CircuitPython.


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