Massachusetts Institute of Technology students invent thermoelectric bracelet

(WXYZ) - There is a glimmer of hope for those of us who are always too hot or too cold.

Students at Massachusetts Institute of Technology have invented a thermoelectric bracelet that helps people maintain a perceived comfortable body temperature.

So how does it work?

The prototype bracelet monitors air and skin temperature-then it's able to regulate how cold or hot you feel by sending pulses of hot or cold waveforms to the wrist to keep you feeling comfortable.

While developing the technology, the MIT students say that they discovered that skin is very sensitive to minute, rapid changes in temperature. And those changes affect the whole body.

What's remarkable about this working prototype is that it could lead to more cooling and heating of an individual instead of say--a building.

The team's goal is to reduce the energy consumption of buildings, according to the university's website.

Read more about their project here: http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2013/madmec-design-competition-1017.html
 

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