Occupant-Tracking Fan

Tech ID: 23838 / UC Case 2014-097-0

Patent Status

Country Type Number Dated Case
United States Of America Published Application 20160363341 12/15/2016 2014-097
 

Brief Description

Berkeley researchers have created an electric fan with visual detection camera and movement recognition software to identify the presence and location of occupants. Occupant tracking algorithm localizes air movements to individualize comfort and conserve energy. The fan can be integrated in ceilings, wall partitions or office furniture.

Suggested uses

  • Office buildings
  • Energy efficient home furniture

Advantages

  • Up to 20% HVAC energy savings for buildings at equal or better comfort
  • Air movement reaches moving occupants continuously

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Inventors

  • Arens, Edward A.

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Keywords

energy efficiency, green environment, smart fan, energy efficient furniture, consumer product, thermal comfort, energy conservation, robotics, ambient intelligence

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