One of the biggest struggles in any environment is the fight for control over the thermostat. Some freeze, while others swelter - especially in a work setting. But what if there was a way to change that?
The good news is, there could be soon. Researchers at MIT's SENSEable City Lab have been working on something that could create the perfect temperature for everyone.
Carlo Ratti, a leader on the project, is developing an office space where the building is smart enough to adjust the temperature for everyone's work station. The building, which will be constructed in Torino, Italy, will use Internet of Things gadgets throughout to make the space completely responsive.
Should the experiment be successful, Ratti is optimistic about what this might lead to. "Today we use a lot of energy to cool [and heat] empty spaces," Ratti explained. Using smart technology, Ratti believes this problem can be overcome.
In his test office, Ratti plans to incorporate smart devices that can automatically adjust things such as lighting, air conditioning, heating and electronics. Plus, these systems could also be used for personal assistants, creating appointments and reserving conference rooms.
One of the most remarkable ideas Ratti has presented is that of "temperature bubbles," which are essentially individual zones where the temperature can be customized to meet an employee's personal preferences. Temperatures in these zones could be controlled by an app on the employee's smartphone that controls fans within the ceiling.
Ratti even believes that these temperature bubbles could follow you as you move throughout the building, adjusting the temperature wherever you go.
It will be interesting to see how the experiment goes, but we also want to point out that Internet of Things devices are extremely vulnerable to cyberattacks. We've mentioned before how things like baby monitors can be used by criminals to spy on you if they're not properly secured. Don't companies already have enough to worry about when it comes to cybersecurity? From data breaches to phishing scams to ransomware, it's a lot to deal with.
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