1 in five Americans, 1 in seven Canadians and 2 in three Australians are developing skin cancer in their lives, mostly because of overexposure to the sun. QTemp was created as a new tool in sun safety.
QTemp helps people protect themselves from harmful Ultraviolet rays by notifying them when it’s time to seek sun protection. It provides a simple way to measure the UV exposure of the user’s exact location and sends the real-time measurements straight to the user’s smartphone. The QTemp app estimates safe sun time based on the user’s own skin type, making it perfect for helping people safely spend time outdoors.
QTemp was launched in November 2016 after a successful Kickstarter campaign that surpassed our goal by 25% and sold out the first generation of QTemp devices before shipping had started. Since then, the QTemp app has become one of the top 10 most searched “sunscreen” apps on the App Store and Google Play with new downloads increasing daily. We are currently hard at work developing a second generation device that is expected to be available in summer 2017.
An Urban Bioclimatic Analysis Tool
OTC Model is a simulation software for analyzing urban climate. It estimates thermal comfort in urban areas based on the dynamic regime within a short-term and long-term cycle. The model calculates solar flex, mean radiant, surface temperature, and thermal comfort index. The main users of Model are climatology researchers, urban designers, architects, and landscape architects. It helps researchers and designers analyze the effect that urban design (e.g. sky view factor, materials, vegetation) has on thermal comfort, and helps them to simulate the microclimate in urban open space.
OTC Model simulation provides recommendations for improving thermal comfort and energy efficiency in urban open space, including form, orientation, height of building, layout of open space, and landscape layout.
An Accurate “Feels Like” Temperature
You may have noticed that the “feels like” temperatures broadcasted on the news are not quite accurate. These temperatures are calculated based on limited environmental factors, and many of these factors are based on the weather data from airports. As a result, these temperatures do not reflect real weather conditions in urban areas. The AccuFeel index is an accurate “feels like” temperature that summarizes numerous factors that are not considered by news stations, including atmospheric parameters, urban elements, and personal factors.
Urban Thermal Comfort
Developing Energy-Efficient Urban Fabric
According to the nature of open public space, it hosts a large number of urban activities, and consequently affects users’ comfort. This project investigated aspects of landscape architecture which contribute to improving outdoor thermal comfort using landscape design elements. This project was part of Young Cities – Developing Energy-Efficient Urban Fabric funded by the Germany Federal Ministry of Education and Research. This part of the project was done at the Technical University of Berlin. This research provided recommendations for improving thermal comfort in urban open space. These solutions included suggestions regarding
This research provided recommendations for improving thermal comfort in urban open space. These solutions included suggestions regarding orientation of building, building volume and height, materials, distance between buildings, yard dimensions, and vegetation location based on simulation.