Invention Radiant-temperature sensor for improved human comfort
Most people reach for the thermostat when the room feels hot or cold, but in fact air temperature makes up only about half of a person’s thermal comfort level. 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,” Forrest Meggers said.
Development status Patent protection is pending. Princeton is seeking outside interest for further development of this technology.
Funding source Princeton University