As a legendary poet-songster once insightfully intoned, you don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows, but it helps if you have an Oregon Scientific regional weather station.The Tualatin, Oregon-based company pulled the wraps off its latest meteorological information center in January at CES, the annual show of shows for GadgetSphere notables, in Las Vegas. If weather is your thing, this puppy will get you pumped.The US$199.95 unit, dubbed Complete Regional Weather Station with MSN Direct Weather Data Service, is designed with a futuristic look. Its large monochrome display — it measures 6.5 inches diagonally — has a blue backlight, rests between silver wings with aqua controls shaped like thin lozenges, and floats above a circular base.Even with its backlight on, the display isn’t exceptionally bright, and the characters could be more distinctive, but the unit’s information is written large — large enough to be discerned without reading glasses, a definite plus in my book.Temperature and humidity information for your home is gathered by sensors built into the device. External environmental data is fed into the station through the Microsoft Direct service.Microsoft Direct is a special wireless service primarily designed to deliver information to a line of… Read full this story
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