Enchanted Cottage – An upgraded Weather House

Today was the final day for any submissions to the Enchanted Objects Design Challenge. As well as completing our projects we were tasked with blogging about the challenge on the community website, hence why you’ve not heard more about it here.

My project, the “Enchanted Cottage” was to take a “wetter haus” and add “enchantment” by swapping in a new mechanism and electronics. The weather is read from the Internet and the people move to tell you if it will be rainy or sunny. The LED shows the temperature as a simple colour, cold is blue, red is hot, if it’s white then watch out it could be icy.

The mechanics were replaced with a system based on the Watt’s Linkage to make the movement linear rather than arcing as in the traditional approach. The figures were fitted with magnets so that they could move without any obvious form of propulsion.

The electronics were based on an Arduino Yún, custom prototyping shield and an Infineon RGB LED driver shield. The whole thing is powered by a rechargable LiPo battery and a module from AdaFruit. Because the Arduino was deep in the middle of the house, I used fibre optics to bring the light to the top panel. A sensor was added into the roof so you could simply tap it to get it to update the forecast for you.

You can read more about the project here Workshopshed Enchanted Objects Blog
and see the source code, schematic and files here Github Enchanted Objects


There’s been some useful things learnt about the Arduino Yún and 3D printing.

The Enchanted Cottage had an excellent report by Charles Gantt in his design challenge wrap ups.

Enchanted Objects Design Challange Wrap Up

If you are a Hackaday member then please give the project a thumbs up at https://hackaday.io/project/6500-enchanted-cottage

14 thoughts on “Enchanted Cottage – An upgraded Weather House

  1. WIP – Enchanted Cottage […] I worked hard last week to ensure I had something to demo. […]

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  7. […] Alan tracked down a 3D model on of a spindle adapter on Thingiverse and I printed it whilst I was doing some of the parts for the Enchanted Cottage. […]

  8. […] “Enchanted Cottage” is a project by Andy Clark with the aim of upgrading a traditional  german “wetter haus” […]

  9. […] “Enchanted Cottage” is a project by Andy Clark with the aim of upgrading a traditional  german “wetter haus” […]

  10. […] německý Wetterhäushen, meteo-domeček s panáčkem a panenkou? Andy Clark vytvořil projekt Enchanted Cottage, kterým ho přenesl do současnosti s novým mechanismem a elektronikou na bázi Arduino […]

  11. […] Dentro de todo el complejo de la casa encantada de Andy se juntan sensores de control de movimientos, de iluminación, una inteligente administración de energía, y sensores que reportan la temperatura y humedad ambiental. Como nota divertida cuando hace sol sale la figura que representa a la mujer y cuando llueve la figura del hombre. Un divertido proyecto para resucitar una vieja casa en miniatura que puedas tener en el trastero. Aquí tienes el enlace al proyecto. […]

  12. […] You can read about his winning entry on the WorkshopShed site: http://www.workshopshed.com/2015/06/enchanted-cottage-conclusion/ […]

  13. jeff wharton says:

    This post actually made my day

  14. […] You can read about his winning entry on the WorkshopShed site: http://workshopshed.com/2015/06/enchanted-cottage-conclusion/ […]

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