On October 27, 2016, Johnson Controls-Hitachi Air conditioning (JCI-Hitachi) held a ceremony celebrating shipments of its new series of Shirokuma-kun room air conditioners (RACs) at its Tochigi Factory. It was attended by the representatives from the company’s Tokyo headquarters, employees of Tochigi Factory, inhabitants in the neighboring districts, and the press.
The company released 11 models of its Stainless Clean Shirokumakun X series which per forms comfortable air conditioning and energy-saving operation by monitoring each person in the room. The new models have adopted ‘Kurashi’ Camera Artificial Intelligence (AI) for the first time in the industry. The Kurashi Camera AI recognizes and monitors each person in the room, measures the time each person spends in the room, and predicts changes in temperature as perceived by each person. By combining this with conventional technology to control the air flow, the new models control the temperature before a person feels uncomfortably hot or cold because of changes in the time spent in the room.