Researchers from the University of Michigan have developed the Human Embodied Autonomous Thermostat (“HEAT”) in response to the need for smart, more flexible climate control to keep people comfortable without heating and cooling entire empty buildings. HEAT is designed to provide more efficient and personalized comfort.
The system uses thermal cameras with 3D video cameras to measure whether occupants are hot or cold by tracking their facial temperature. This data is fed to a predictive model, comparing it with information about the occupants’ thermal preferences.
The research group has conducted a pilot study in partnership with the U-M school of nursing to explore how the system can be used in health care environments.