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Stockholm’s Airport Now Features a “Climate Portal” That Brings Your Destination’s Weather to You

Don’t just guess what the temperature will be like when you get off the plane—step into these high-tech booths to know for certain.

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Visitors flying in and out of Stockholm’s Arlanda Airport would do well to swing by terminal 5, near gate F26. There they’ll find the airport’s newest attraction: A trio of “Climate Portals,” or high-tech enclosures that mimic the meteorologic conditions of any number of international cities, all in real time, by combining temperature, light, sound, and wind to create the sensation of being in another climate altogether, without the participant ever leaving the confines of the booth.

Explains Arlanda airport’s website:

You enter three rooms – HOT, COLD and BIG – and feel the heat of the world’s deserts, the pulse of its big cities or the wintery chill and biting winds. The rooms are connected to online weather services whose data are transformed into a physical experience for you on the premises – all using the latest sound and image technology as well as wind and temperature simulations. It’s also a preview of your destination so that you remember to stock up on sunscreen, choose an extra pair of sunglasses or do some last-minute shopping for a really warm sweater.

This isn’t, you might recall, the first time Sweden has experimented with innovative airport installations. This past spring, Arlanda, as well as the Swedish city of Gothenburg’s Landvetter airport, were each outfitted with “Charity Arcades.” These classic video game consoles were designed to offer international travelers a way to dispose of any unusable currency they may have picked up during their time abroad, by letting them deposit those coins into games like Pac-Man and Space Invaders, all the proceeds from which would be donated to the local Red Cross.

The “Climate Portals,” meanwhile, are slated to be open to the public at the end of August.

[via oddity central]

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