The HAGENT works very similarly to a Roomba. But instead of vacuuming up dust and dirt, the HAGENT moves around a room in order to control the temperature.
Created by German design duo Andreas Meinhardt and Daniel Abendroth, the HAGENT is succinctly described as passive mobile heating. Second prize winner at the Prix Émile Hermès 2011, experts saw the benefit of having a roaming robot distribute heat and cold accordingly in a room. The designers explain that the HAGENT "can indentify and absorbe the surplus energy from heat emitting sources. It stores, moves and releases the energy on places where the heat is needed." That ability is very energy-efficient and eco-friendly.
The HAGENT accomplishes this with the help of built-in sensors and phase-change material commonly used in passive houses that can store heat.
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