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
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