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Responsive Localized Heating

Building heating accounts for a substantial amount of energy. Localized, user-specific heating system can potentially save a considerable amount of energy that is otherwise wasted in unoccupied spaces.

This research examines the use of Graphene Nanoplatelets as heating pads to be used in conjunction with the sensory surface to provide localized heating.

 
The prototype was developed to test sensing, gesture activated control and Graphene heating performance. The prototype consists of three layers, two sensing layers topped with a active localised heating layer. Using gestures and Dynamic Time Warping algorithm, we trained the system for localized heating activation. When a user circles a specific area on the prototype, graphene heating pads in that area get activated. The system can be further developed to allow for automatic localized heating based on the user presence in space.

The prototype was developed to test sensing, gesture activated control and Graphene heating performance. The prototype consists of three layers, two sensing layers topped with a active localised heating layer. Using gestures and Dynamic Time Warping algorithm, we trained the system for localized heating activation. When a user circles a specific area on the prototype, graphene heating pads in that area get activated. The system can be further developed to allow for automatic localized heating based on the user presence in space.

Testing capacitive sensing with Graphene electrode matrix.

Testing capacitive sensing with Graphene electrode matrix.

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Heating Graphene

By changing the mix of the graphene ink, we could achieve an ink mixture that can be rapidly heated to very high temperatures. 

In this demo, presence sensing was used to actuate different heating pads. This way, only pads with great proximity to the user are activated.

In this demo, presence sensing was used to actuate different heating pads. This way, only pads with great proximity to the user are activated.