Imagine walking into a room and finding your corner warmed to just the right temperature! MIT researchers, of MIT Senseable City Lab, have developed a system that creates personalized climates around individuals – an alternative to heating entire buildings. The project, called “Local Warming,” uses WiFi-based motion tracking and ceiling-mounted dynamic heating elements to target a single person and create a precise personal climate around occupants of a building.
Debuted at the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale, this technology has been developed in an attempt to reduce the huge amount of energy wasted on heating empty offices, homes, and partially occupied buildings. With this technology, when a visitor enters a room, the person’s location and trajectory are spotted using a new WiFi-based location tracking technology.
This information is transmitted in real time to an array of dynamic heating elements positioned in a grid near the ceiling. Each element is composed of a servo-motor that changes direction, a bulb to generate infrared radiation, a cold mirror and other optics to create focused infrared heat beams. For more details on this innovative heating system, log on to: http://senseable.mit.edu/