Blanda Blank

Published on September 12th, 2012 | by Jules Yap



Materials: “BLANDA BLANK” stainles steel serving bowl

Description: An ‘anemometer’ is a device that measures wind speed. You can buy them, but they are usually quite small.

So I decided to build one myself. The BLANDA BLANK servings bowls are excellent for this purpose. Twelve centimeters in diameter, you can’t ignore them when they are spinning around in the wind.

The rest is PVC tubing, with red spray paint. The bearing that allows for smooth rotation is the motor from a hard drive. The shiny disks from the drive add bling to the device. The finishing touch, the big green glass marble, I bought in a toy shop.

~ Caernac

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Jules Yap

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13 Responses to Ikeanemometer

  1. Jennifer says:

    I think its uber cool :-)

  2. Caernac says:

    I added a magnetic sensor, hence the white cable. You can see little magnets on the underside of the ‘arms’ of the device. I am thinking about hacking something else (could be an IKEA clock) to use as wind-speedometer.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Does it actually measure wind speed, like on a screen… or is it just a pretty spinning thing on your room

    • Anonymous says:

      The speed with which the bowls are spinning will tell you how windy it is outside. No need for numbers on a screen.

    • Anonymous says:

      Plainly it could have a simple reed switch and magnet attached to add that. Why the snarky comment for what is a pretty clever sensor mechanism or at the very least a pretty spinning thing? BTW, I doubt it will spin “on your room”, whatever that means.

    • prue says:

      @anon2: Actually I didn’t see any snarky comment, apart from yours – and I just hope that you are so perfect at (foreign?) languages AND always so perfectly concentrated that you never mix up any words or make typos. “on your room” might simply mean “on your house”, or “on your roof”, and is not an essential part of the sentence anyway.

      As for the switch and magnet, isn’t some kind of cable even visible in the pictures? Or what is the white plastic-coated thing?

    • Don Krypton says:

      Well, it’s easy…:-)…:

      Anemometer doesn’t spin = no wind
      Anemometer spins = wind
      Anemometer is abcent = storm

    • Anonymous says:

      Anon2 here:
      Prue, you are right. I was reacting to the negativity I sometimes see here and ended up adding my own. I think I will be building one of these myself, btw.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Not a hack.

    • Anonymous says:

      What? Why? Of course it’s a hack.
      Who knew that salad bowls could turn into wind-o-meters?


    • Zulaya says:

      Going with “troll” on this one. Ordinarily I get offended by “not a hack” comments, but this so obviously is a hack that I can’t take the first anonymous seriously.

      Nice hack:) I have an honest question, though. Is it a problem that the bowls would catch the wind better (and those are probably not the right words, but I don’t have the necessary vocabulary) from one direction than the other?

    • Anonymous says:

      The bowls do catch the wind from every direction the same way.

      If the wind is from the right, then the bowl you see on the front is catching the wind. If however, the wind is from the left side of the picture, then it’s the rear bowl that is catching it. And every thing turns well! ;-)

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