Smart Home applications regulate our heating and shutters so that we feel comfortable in our homes.
Plants also require optimal temperatures to flourish. That’s why greenhouses exist. Still, while plants need every ray of sun in winter, in summer things can often get too hot.
Cue a Dutch PhD student and his intelligent windows. These can automatically adapt their transparency according to the outside temperature or light intensity.
The temperature in the greenhouse is controlled through the light intensity. This results in higher yields, since less ventilation also means fewer pests coming in.
Moreover, with fluorescent dyes and liquid crystals present in the windows, the light absorbed from outside can be converted into electricity.
Greenhouses becoming potentially self-sufficient.