Creating personal climates around individuals in a larger office or building is the concept around "Local Warming" that is being introduced at a biannual architectural festival that opened on June 7, 2014, the 14th Venice Architecture Biennale. Members of MIT's Senseable City have collaborated with EECS/CSAIL faculty member Dina Katabi and members of her team in the MIT Center for Wireless Networks and Mobile Computing. The group has developed a new WiFi-based location tracking technology to aid in this new energy saving design.
Read more in the June 9, 2014 article on the MIT Energy Initiative website written by Victoria Ekstrom titled "Achieving Energy Efficiency with “Local Warming - MIT researchers develop a system that creates personalized climates around individuals – an alternative to heating entire buildings."
[Infrared light beams follow occupants, creating personal climates. Photo: Aaron Nevin]