Smart Air Conditioner

Smart Air Conditioner

Sonia Zjawinski
Aug 12, 2008

Luckily we don't work in an office anymore, so we get full climate control of our workspace, but we do remember the office politics around the A/C thermostat. What always happens in large offices with central air is that some people have to work directly under a vent, while others work directly next to a hot window causing a climate controlled civil war.

That's where Hyun Jin Yoon and Eun Hak Lee come in. The two designers, who imagined the Maple Phone, have envisioned an A/C unit to make the masses happy...

The Free Wind, a collaboration with Samsung Art and Design Institute from South Korea, mounts onto the ceiling and features six fans that can control six wind zones. Each fan has 3 wings for horizontal move and 8 wings for vertical movements. A remote control works a bit like an iPhone, using touch sensitivity to change temps.

Free Wind won the Silver International Design Excellence Award 2008. [via Yanko Design]

Photos: Add a Human Touch and Business Week

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