Hi iam Robin and this is the journey of my Speculative Atmospheres Projekt. :)

Color connection

My first idea was to find a quicker way of getting information through colors and forms. As the role model I chose the nature and its capabilities to give information through our senses. We as humans have developed different forms to transport Information with numbers and words, but our brain has the ability to see the smallest differences in color much more immediately than numbers, because we connect these colors to different emotions and feelings. We see numbers and word so often in our daily life that these informations are nothing special any more.

Thats why I wanted to build a Thermometer that shows the Temperature and humidity in colors and forms.

The choice of the sensor for my project is the DHT11 Sensor.

The progress I made:

1. The fist big Step was to find a concept and bring to paper. I asked myself questions like: How should it look? Is it possible to see the temperature accurate enough? How should the visualization look?

2. After that, I had a plan to follow and my first action was to connect the sensor to the Arduino and the Software Processing. After some small issues, because I used an Analog pin instead of a digital pin to read out the values, I managed to get the temperature and humidity into processing. At first I was confused, because I forgot split the values in Arduino, in order to use it in Processing. After that the foundation of my Project was made.

Arduino Code:

#include <Adafruit_Sensor.h>

#include <DHT.h>
#include <DHT_U.h>
#define DHTPIN 6
#define DHTTYPE DHT11


void setup() {

void loop() {

  float h = dht.readHumidity();
  // Read temperature as Celsius (the default)
  float t = dht.readTemperature();


How I split the values in Processing

if (port.available() > 0) {
    val = port.readStringUntil('\n');
    String trimmedData = trim(val);
    String [] list = split(trimmedData, ','); 
    temp = float(list[0]);  
    hum = float(list[1]);

3. I informed myself about the effect of colors to the emotions of the human brain. This was very theoretical but also interesting. I also decided to use my own knowledge and feelings to choose the color layout. I endet up with a color transition from dark blue (cold) to dark red (warm). I tested the layout one week and compared it to a regular thermometer to ensure the functionality in an everyday environment. My projekt worked surprisingly good after an adjustment period of two to three days.

Example of a transition from warm (Bathroom) to cold (outside):

4. After this time of everyday use I decided to work on the visual layout even more to show the recipients that the image gets constantly updated with new value via a little trick. I included a very slightly recognizable working random function inside the value of the humidity to show the recipients visually that there are changing values. I also want to include the same in the color.

Random Code in processing:

 t2 = map(hum, 10, 100, 400, 800);  
  r = map(temp, 5, 30, 0, 255);
  g = map(temp, 5, 30, 40, 0);
  b = map(temp, 5, 30, 255, 0);

  int i = 0;
  while (i < 9) {
    i = i + 1;

    int j = 0;
    while (j < 9) {
      j = j + 1; 

      posX = i * 100;
      posY = j * 100;
      squareSize = random(t2);

      fill(r, g, b);
      circle(width/2, height/2, squareSize);
      fill(0, 0, 0);
      circle(width/2, height/2, 300);
      fill(255, 255, 255);
      circle(width/2, height/2, 100);

Thats the current state of my project. To finish my project I still have to manage a few challenges. My final idea is to use a raspberry pi connected to an Arduino that runs the Arduino Software and Processing. The reason for that is the advantage that the raspberry pi can be connected to a Tablet via bluetooth. This changes an important aspect. The usage and mobility. Everybody has the possibility to use the „Box“ with any tablet and an app.

With the keyword „Box“ I also want to mention the layout of my Project. It is important for me that the Arduino and the raspberry pi are in an all in one Box. The color and form depends on the material I find to built it, because I like to recycle old boxes to use it for my purpose.