So I think we’re at a point in our project where it makes sense to share some visuals. I threw together a sketch of what I was picturing a while ago and everybody agreed that it should work. We’ve been making steady progress toward this goal and realizing what kinds of changes make sense as we go.
At some point I might have a working prototype online (I’ll post a link at that point), but for now everything is running locally. We don’t actually need it to work on the internet, though, because we’re going to be controlling how our pilot study subjects access it, so we could just as easily have some strange custom setup on the device we hand them.
So my next step (after going to our weekly Thursday meeting) is to program a semi-physical model of how outdoor temperature affects indoor temperature. The controls exposed to the user will change factors such as thermal conductivity, wall thickness, surface area, incoming solar radiation, etc. and hopefully produce some semi-realistic graphs of temperature.
I just waded through the ridiculous amount of NOAA data to get some hourly temperatures throughout the summer in Des Moines a few years ago, so that should be a good starting point for the outside temperature. Next up: get an inside temperature from it.