In Brief

'Local Warming' is a research project by MIT that dynamically controls heating in real-time.

MIT Senseable City Laboratory has developed a research project called ‘Local Warming’, which dynamically controls highly localized heating to put the heat exactly where people are. Using wi-fi motion-tracking to find out the location of people inside a building and ensure they keep warm, it works in real-time to instantly send data to heat-radiating bulbs installed in a system that can be mounted on the ceiling.

Infrared bulbs fitted in a panel focus the heat directly onto individuals, rather than wasting it by warming an entire room. The space they occupy is heated while the area around them remains as it was.

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