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NBBJ creates intelligent automated shade prototype

NBBJ creates intelligent autom...
NBBJ reckons Sunbreak could prove smarter than your average shade
NBBJ reckons Sunbreak could prove smarter than your average shade
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The shades can be controlled with an iPhone or Android app
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The shades can be controlled with an iPhone or Android app
The shape of the shade is inspired by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's Ernsting Warehouse in Germany
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The shape of the shade is inspired by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's Ernsting Warehouse in Germany
At present, the Sunbreak concept is in its infancy
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At present, the Sunbreak concept is in its infancy
The shades could be customized with some architectural bling to include integrated LED lighting – thus altering the appearance of the building's facade
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The shades could be customized with some architectural bling to include integrated LED lighting – thus altering the appearance of the building's facade
NBBJ reckons Sunbreak could prove smarter than your average shade
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NBBJ reckons Sunbreak could prove smarter than your average shade
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NBBJ has previously designed buildings for Amazon, Google, and Samsung, but the company says that one of the most frequent complaints it received was that the workers felt they didn't have enough fine control over their working environment. With this in mind, the firm's boffins have created the Sunbreak, an intelligent automated sunshade prototype that's operated using a smartphone.

While smart sunshades in themselves are nothing new, NBBJ's Sunbreak could potentially prove smarter (and greener) than your average shade, in that it will react to clouds and measure how close the occupant happens to be to the window. Its three-hinged design can automatically angle to bounce daylight further inside the office, or when conditions require, it can also lower the shades to block the sun.

NBBJ states that though typical smart sunshades are programmed to deal with visible light, its system will detect solar radiation and take this into account to help fine-tune the temperature inside.

The shape of the shade is inspired by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's Ernsting Warehouse in Germany
The shape of the shade is inspired by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava's Ernsting Warehouse in Germany

The shades are automatic but can be controlled with an iPhone or Android app, and they can also be customized with LEDs to alter the look of the building's facade.

At present, the Sunbreak prototype is in its infancy, so further details are still to be revealed. However, NBBJ hopes to work with a client and eventually use the shading system on a full-sized building.

The video below sheds further light on the project.

Source: NBBJ

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JBar
I addressed this issue last Friday. What a coincidence. I'm skeptical about these "blinds" ability to survive winds. Office buildings "channel" winds into updrafts often exceeding 90 mph.My solution to this problem was round windows with sun-tracking venetian blinds. The blinds operate like conventional venetian blinds but can simultaneous rotate. Because of this X/Y control, the blinds can auto-track the sun and auto-direct the reflected sunlight (the blinds have mirrored surfaces) to any point south of the office building. That point, of course would be a solar furnace that converts the light to electricity. I have 464 similar ideas. email mbarbour65@hotmail.com for scintilating discussions.