Smart Home Controller
There have been two major shifts in technology in the last few decades - the personal computer and the smartphone. We are at the edge of a new shift, accelerated by better technologies, cheaper sensors and a growing unhappiness with how dependent on technology we are as a society. We need new products that enable us not hinder us - that disrupt the current dependance on the smartphone, and this is what we are building.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
We build natural user interfaces: our first product is Nuimo, a controller for your favorite smart devices and applications.At the moment, the way that people interact with their smart homes is almost entirely through a screen-based UI (usually the smartphone), unfortunately it's time consuming and distracting to scroll through apps on a phone to turn on a light bulb - that's why we made Nuimo, to put humans back at the center of their smart homes.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
When you buy Nuimo you download a one-time app on your smartphone or computer to configure the Nuimo and add whatever smart objects you have. You then select pre-sets or individually map the inputs (click button, analog ring, capacitive touch and gesture sensor) to the controls of each of your smart devices. Then you put away your phone and use Nuimo as a natural user interface.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
We began development 1 year ago in Berlin where the ideation and design has taken place. We manufacture Nuimo in Germany and will soon ship it internationally.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Interface and Interaction Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Nuimo is created with an anodized bead-blasted aluminum ring and acrylic surface with an injection molded plastic core. Inside Nuimo has 4 capacitive touch surfaces, a physical click button mechanism and a gesture sensor. Nuimo uses bluetooth low energy to communicate and has a rechargeable lipo battery that can be charged using a regular micro USB.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
Nuimo is 78mm x 78mm x 19mm and weighs 190 grams.
Smarthome, Home automation, industrial design, technology, User Interface, User Experience
Currently, the smartphone is favored as the central way to interact with technology, but it leaves much to be desired. With dropping technological barriers dropping for cost of sensors and hardware - things like gesture, voice and tangible control are on the rise. In order to design better interfaces that are context specific (unlike the smartphone) one must combine knowledge of hardware, software, design and psychology.
The greatest obstacle is that many people believe that the smartphone is actually the best interface and are resistant to change. While many people are familiar with the idea that time spend with distracting technology is hurting their health and relationships but they don't understand different alternatives. We are trying to put technology in people's lives in a healthy and empowering way and to do this we have to combine hardware, software, psychology and design to build better interfaces and experiences.
TEAM MEMBERS (6) :
Tobias Eichenwald , Felix Christmann, Philip Michealides, Rene Lüneburg, Teshia Treuhaft and Lars Blumberg
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