Saturday, April 30, 2016

Hitachi Adds Image Sensor to its Air Conditioners

Hitachi iSee air conditioners use image sensors to directs cool air towards people, based on face detection:

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  1. forgot the (i) in Hitachi in the title

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  2. Generally, I prefer not to sit under a draft of cold air. I want the inverse feature.

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  3. Albert TheuwissenMay 1, 2016 at 5:37 PM

    Just turn the camera upside down and you get it ;-)

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  4. Some Japanese AC have small thermal imagers for air distribution for years. What are the advantages of visible image sensor in this case ?

    -yang ni

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    1. maybe this idea is to activate the airco only when human beings are present...

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  5. This is Bad News. Drafts of wind from air conditioners directly on the face can cause facial paralysis. They also cause other issues.

    This tech should be avoided.

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  6. But the tiny thermal sensor can do this also ... ?!

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  7. This wouldd work well on a Bidet!

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  8. How many ACs are sold worldwide annually?

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  9. somehow, I am reminded of the diapercam concept...

    I'm feeling so old!

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  10. it shall be "body detection & detection", not face, to guide the cold air

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    1. Could be, but Hitachi says it's face detection:

      https://www.facebook.com/HitachiHLI/posts/872399399493024:0

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    2. yes, it is face detection, But, I think it maybe more solid if changing to "body detection & tracking" scheme. Then the AC could be an data collector for IoT or smart home applications.

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  11. If you make a sad face, the air is directed away from you...

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