As fuel price goes up and people pay more attention to the environment new ways for optimizing energy use are popping up. Interesting this news of an electronic brain developed by a start up of the Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne able to learn from your house and … from your behavior to regulate the heating system.
The device is able to measure a variety of parameters, including the way your house dissipate heat -as shown in the figure, the level of sunlight (for taking into account the irradiation and the feeling of warm induced…), your presence and your habits (it is not enough to know that you are home to increase a bit the temperature, it has to know when you will likely be home so that it can start increasing the temperature before you are home!).
This way of managing the heating system can reduce fuel consumption by an amazing 50% and more.
The computation is made through a “neuronal intelligence”. This is what let the system learn and adapt over time, so that as you change your habits the system reacts and adjust.