A SMART improvement on the thermostat
From Catherine Zandonella on November 20th, 2017
The temperatures of surrounding surfaces — cold or hot windows, walls and floors — make a significant impact on one’s comfort.
If surfaces around you are colder, then more heat radiates away from your body,” said Forrest Meggers, assistant professor of architecture and the Andlinger Center for Energy and the Environment.
The Spherical Motion Average Radiant Temperature (SMART) sensor designed by Meggers and his team is a simple, cost-effective device that can quickly and accurately measure the surface temperature at multiple locations in a room, creating a three-dimensional picture of the radiant heat and cooling sources. The information can be used to design buildings that are more energy-efficient and that don’t sacrifice personal comfort.
Meggers and his team designed and built the sensor using funding from Princeton University. Team members include Jake Read, a former research specialist at Princeton who is now at the Waterloo School of Architecture, Ontario; Eric Teitelbaum, a graduate student in architecture at Princeton; and staff researcher Nicholas Houchois.
This technology was one of several presented at Celebrate Princeton Invention 2017.
Video producer: Catherine Zandonella, Office of the Dean for Research, Princeton University
Videographer and editor: Evelyn Tu, Flying Camel Media
Copyright 2017 The Trustees of Princeton University