Electric recliners are not the only products being eyed by the smart-living world.
As the technology for them becomes more and more sophisticated, we may be seeing them replaced by more sophisticated versions that don’t rely on the same energy-saving devices that make recliners a popular and affordable choice.
That’s what researchers from the University of Warwick’s School of Engineering and Technology are trying to find out.
In the future, the energy required to run a smart electric device could be cut by more than half, as researchers have demonstrated using a prototype that mimics the behaviour of a human brain.
The team, led by Professor David Copley, found that a single electrode placed on a human’s scalp could create an electrical current that travels to a machine that can use this energy to control a robot.
This technology, called “smart energy storage”, could allow electric recliner technology to be used in places like hotels, where energy consumption is higher.
The researchers also showed that the devices could be connected to smart thermostats to automatically adjust their temperature, which could potentially save energy when the room is warmer than it would be without the smart energy storage device.
“The next step is to build it with smart energy-storage capabilities that are connected to a smart thermoregulation system, which we hope to be able to create within the next decade. “
“This is a promising development for smart energy systems, and we are hoping to build this into future smart home products as well.” “
Professor Copleys research was funded by the Innovate UK Innovate research programme. _____”
This is a promising development for smart energy systems, and we are hoping to build this into future smart home products as well.”
Professor Copleys research was funded by the Innovate UK Innovate research programme. _____