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Title: Comfort units and systems, methods, and devices for use thereof

Abstract

Despite otherwise uncomfortable conditions in a surrounding environment, a customizable microenvironment can be created around a user to maintain a comfortable temperature and/or humidity level using a comfort unit. For example, the environment may be an office building where conditions are out of the comfortable range to save on energy or for other reasons, a factory/shop environment that is poorly conditioned, or an outdoor location with little to no conditioning. A sensing unit can monitor biometric and environmental data and can determine a comfort level of the user. The comfort unit can then dynamically respond to the determined comfort level and adjust the microenvironment to improve the user's comfort level. The comfort unit can follow the user as the user moves within the macro-environment, or can otherwise move within the macro-environment to achieve certain functions, such as recharging or spatial shifting of thermal load within the overall macro-environment.

Inventors:
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Issue Date:
Research Org.:
Univ. of Maryland, College Park, MD (United States)
Sponsoring Org.:
USDOE Advanced Research Projects Agency - Energy (ARPA-E)
OSTI Identifier:
1771502
Patent Number(s):
10801750
Application Number:
15/735,538
Assignee:
University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD)
Patent Classifications (CPCs):
A - HUMAN NECESSITIES A61 - MEDICAL OR VETERINARY SCIENCE A61B - DIAGNOSIS
F - MECHANICAL ENGINEERING F24 - HEATING F24F - AIR-CONDITIONING
DOE Contract Number:  
AR0000530
Resource Type:
Patent
Resource Relation:
Patent File Date: 06/11/2016
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
42 ENGINEERING; 32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION

Citation Formats

Radermacher, K. Reinhard, Aute, Vikrant C., Hwang, Yunho, Ling, Jiazhen, Srebric, Jelena, Muehlbauer, Jan, Dhumane, Rohit, Du, Yilin, Dalgo Reyes, Daniel Alejandro, and Mattise, Nicholas W. Comfort units and systems, methods, and devices for use thereof. United States: N. p., 2020. Web.
Radermacher, K. Reinhard, Aute, Vikrant C., Hwang, Yunho, Ling, Jiazhen, Srebric, Jelena, Muehlbauer, Jan, Dhumane, Rohit, Du, Yilin, Dalgo Reyes, Daniel Alejandro, & Mattise, Nicholas W. Comfort units and systems, methods, and devices for use thereof. United States.
Radermacher, K. Reinhard, Aute, Vikrant C., Hwang, Yunho, Ling, Jiazhen, Srebric, Jelena, Muehlbauer, Jan, Dhumane, Rohit, Du, Yilin, Dalgo Reyes, Daniel Alejandro, and Mattise, Nicholas W. Tue . "Comfort units and systems, methods, and devices for use thereof". United States. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/1771502.
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abstractNote = {Despite otherwise uncomfortable conditions in a surrounding environment, a customizable microenvironment can be created around a user to maintain a comfortable temperature and/or humidity level using a comfort unit. For example, the environment may be an office building where conditions are out of the comfortable range to save on energy or for other reasons, a factory/shop environment that is poorly conditioned, or an outdoor location with little to no conditioning. A sensing unit can monitor biometric and environmental data and can determine a comfort level of the user. The comfort unit can then dynamically respond to the determined comfort level and adjust the microenvironment to improve the user's comfort level. The comfort unit can follow the user as the user moves within the macro-environment, or can otherwise move within the macro-environment to achieve certain functions, such as recharging or spatial shifting of thermal load within the overall macro-environment.},
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