Smart Cloud is an interactive speaker/lamp that mimics a thunderstorm and also allows streaming music

Smart Cloud is an interactive speaker/lamp designed to mimic a thunderstorm in both sound and light. Functions include; streaming music via bluetooth, music visualization, motion sensing & creating ambient light displays.

Acting as both an immersive lightning experience and visual feedback integrated speaker, The Cloud introduces innovative physical computing and interaction design hardware by bringing this technology into the home. The Cloud celebrates collaborative code, free-sharing and accessing prototyping information. The code is available to the public to use and improve, to provide blueprints for the next generation of smart objects.


The Cloud is made by felting hypoallergenic fiberfill to a sponge casing which holds the speakers and componentry within. Users control the functions of The Cloud  through a small, wireless remote.

Features include:

  • RGB LEDs
  • Embeeded 2.1 Bluetooth Speaker system
  • Embedded Thunder sounds
  • Remote included
  • Motion detection
  • Size in inches 24″ x 15″ x 14″ (each cloud is hand-made and unique in size so exact dimensions may vary slightly)
  • Input voltage 110-240v at 50-60Hz
  • Weighs 14lbs (6kg)
  • Hypoallergenic polyester fiber
  • Hardwire or Swag options
  • Cord color options

Recent work to expand the clouds music reactive code by creative technologist Oscar de la Hera enables the cloud to react to voice and ambient sounds as well sound systems and other Smart Clouds.


The Cloud is an Arduino-controlled, motion-triggered lightning & thunder performance, as well as a music-activated visualizing speaker. As an interactive lamp and speaker system designed to mimic a thundercloud in appearance, The Cloud employs embedded motion sensors to create unique lightning and thunder shows while providing entertainment value.

Featuring a powerful speaker system, The Cloud allows its beholder to stream music via any Bluetooth compatible device and can adapt to any desired lighting, color and brightness.

Inexpensive and easy to program microprocessors allow designers and tinkerers to understand the nature of electronic goods, and therefore enable the creation of new and increasingly meaningful interactions.

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