STTR Phase I: Wearable technology that provides real-time comfort data to smart buildings and personalized comfort to occupants

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1622892
Agency Tracking Number: 1622892
Amount: $224,257.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Solicitation Topic Code: I
Solicitation Number: N/A
Timeline
Solicitation Year: 2015
Award Year: 2016
Award Start Date (Proposal Award Date): 2016-07-01
Award End Date (Contract End Date): 2017-06-30
Small Business Information
288 Norfolk St, STE 4A, Cambridge, MA, 02139
DUNS: 079938987
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Matthew Smith
 (413) 218-0629
 matt@embrlabs.com
Business Contact
 Matthew Smith
Phone: (413) 218-0629
Email: matt@embrlabs.com
Research Institution
 University of California-Berkeley
 Hui Zhang
 Sponsored Projects Office
2150 Shattuck Ave, Ste 313
Berkeley, CA, 94704
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The broader impact/commercial potential of this Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project is to introduce wearable personal comfort systems into the internet of things, reducing energy consumption in buildings while improving the comfort and well-being of building occupants. EMBR Labs? proprietary wearable technology generates real-time comfort data, enabling reduced and optimized HVAC loads, while simultaneously providing personalized comfort to occupants. Personal comfort systems have the potential to reduce building energy consumption by 20-40% and improve occupant productivity by 2-7%. Providing this technology in commercial buildings could generate a return on investment in under 6 months while adding value for building occupants, facilities managers, and business owners. The R&D supported by this SBIR Phase I could save $B of dollars in energy costs, recapture over $20B of lost productivity. This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I project develops a personal comfort Internet of Things technology to resolve fundamental inefficiencies in the current approaches to maintaining the comfort and productivity of the American workforce in offices, hospitals, schools, and government buildings. The objectives of this project are to (i) demonstrate the technical feasibility of a wearable personal comfort system that is sufficiently ergonomic for adoption in the workplace, (ii) quantify the ability for the wearable technology to improve occupant comfort, and (iii) demonstrate the ability to collect real-time comfort data from the wearable personal comfort system. This SBIR Phase I project will culminate in the demonstration, validation, and quantification of wearable technology that provides real-time comfort data to smart buildings and personalized comfort to occupants.

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