Mike “Recantha” Horne mailed me yesterday saying he’d found something that was (and I quote) “ALL KINDS OF COOL”. He also taught me a new word. This project is a paludarium: a created environment that mimics a complete terrestrial and aquatic biome, full of plants and animals that live in water and on land. A bit like a terrarium, but with an aquatic element as well (or a bit like an aquarium with a greenhouse on top).
The paludarium in question, created by a team called Poopi and Piter (it seems Piter built the paludarium and Poopi built the system that creates the weather and time-of-day effects), simulates an Amazonian rainforest, with fog, rainfall, thunderstorms and wind; as well as a complete diurnal cycle. The Raspberry Pi is responsible for running:
- 6 independent sections of halogen lights
- 27 independently controlled 1W LEDs for various effects
- 3 independent 3W RGB LEDs for ambient color effects
- 3 independent 3W LEDs for lightning and moon simulation
- 3 independent 10W LEDs for Aquarium lighting
- 2 independent FANs for wind simulation
- 3 fog generators
- 2 independent solenoids for rain control
- Temperature monitoring
This is one of the most beautiful projects we’ve ever featured here. It’s a compelling watch: enjoy the video.