Mobile Robot Heater Warms Up Your House
The H-Agent is a portable system that captures heat and re-diffuses it in cooler areas.
German designers Andreas Meinhardt and Daniel Abendroth have collaborated on this portable heating system, which moves around automatically capturing and storing excess heat. The H-Agent then re-diffuses this heat in cooler areas of the house where it is needed.
The device, which looks like a mobile black box, has heat-seeking sensors and phase change material (PCM), which allow it to absorb the surplus energy from sources radiating large amounts of heat. Using its motorized wheels and infra-red sensors, it moves around an interior space avoiding any obstacles.
After storing heat (to a maximum temperature of 26°C), the PCM releases it in cooler spaces. The H-Agent is also very energy-efficient, as it recharges its own batteries using a solar charger. This design won second prize at the international design competition, the Prix Émile Hermès 2011. Check out the video below to find out more about it: