Wristify thermoelectric bracelet regulates your body temperature
Winter’s approaching and with that comes the worry about the massive electric bills you are going to receive. Stop worrying, because engineering students at MIT have invented a new bracelet that allows the wearer to heat or cool their body potentially making high central heating bills a thing of the past.
The concept is that heating or cooling the skin on one part of the body can essentially make the entire body feel warmer or cooler.
The device sends tailored pulses of hot or cold waveforms to the wrist to maintain the desired temperature, and thus comfort. The bigger picture here is that by heating or cooling ourselves instead of the buildings, we’ll in turn consume less energy leading to a greener planet. “Buildings right now use an incredible amount of energy just in space heating and cooling.
In fact, all together this makes up 16.5 per cent of all US primary energy consumption”, says Sam Shames, one of the creators of Wristify Technology. He continued, “We wanted to reduce that number, while maintaining individual thermal comfort”.
The team estimates that even if their device allows you to be able to drop the temperature of a building by just 1 degree celsius, it could easily save 100 kilowatt-hours of energy per month!
A key discovery made in the process is that the human skin is sensitive to temperature and by reducing the temperature slightly in one place can lead to massive changes in total body activity. In the UK, every household spends about £610 every year in staying warm. This can be reduced to a great extent using such technology.