touchswitch Digital Room Control Button by Niko Design Team

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
touchswitch

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Digital Room Control Button

INSPIRATION:
A smartphone is 1 single device, but it can do a very big set of tasks thanks to it's adaptable user interface. We took this very same idea and ported it to a light switch. Just like a smartphone, you can add functionality, adjust the user interface and perform upgrades on touchswitch.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Traditional light switches can take up some space on the wall, and if you have many switches it can be difficult to figure out what the function is of each switch. With the touchswitch, Niko solves this problem. The touchswitch takes up the space of 1 light switch, but can handle up to 12 different functions, thanks to its touchscreen with adjustable user interface. The touchswitch goes in to sleep mode when not in use and wakes up automatically when you approach it.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
touchswitch is wall mounted, the screen wakes up as the user approaches the device. When the screen awakes, the Niko Home Control actions are displayed in a carousel view or grid view. Swipe left/right to pick an action. Tap the action for basic control, such as switching a light on or off, or press and hold an action to bring up a more advanced control view. For a light for example, this will bring up a slider to dim the light. Press anywhere next to the slider to return to the previous screen.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started begin 2018 in Sint-Niklaas, Belgium and will end mid 2019

FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Home Appliances Design

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
touchswitch consists of a polycarbonate backhousing, a stamped metal mounting bracket, a polycarbonate fronthousing and a glass display. touchswitch can be powered with 24V or 230V (two different product versions). touchswitch has a number of sensors on board: temperature sensor, light sensor, proximity sensor.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
height: 83 mm width: 83 mm thickness on wall: 115 mm total thickness: 445 mm operating voltage: 24V or 230V touchdisplay resolution: 1024 x 768 px

TAGS:
touchswitch, digital switch, room controller, Niko

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
Hardware-wise the hardest part in the design was to add all the requested technology in one small package while keeping the operating temperature and power consumption acceptable. From a usability point the hardest part was to keep the interaction with the device very 'lightweight�39;. It should be as fast and easy as operating a regular switch, that's why the UI design was kept as minimal as possible.

ADDED DATE:
2019-01-04 15:27:52

TEAM MEMBERS (7) :
Arne Desmet, Niels Verhaeghe, Johan Tas, Frederick De Pauw, Victor Popov, Peter De Brabander and Dimitri De Nil

IMAGE CREDITS:
Niko Design Team, 2018.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Niko

PROFILE:
Niko designs electr(on)ic solutions to enhance buildings to better suit the needs of the people who live and work in them. By using less energy, by improving light comfort and safety and by making sure all applications work together seamlessly. Buildings with Niko are more efficient, are controllable from a distance and interact within bigger ecosystems. Niko is a Belgian family business from Sint-Niklaas with 750 employees and 10 European branches. At Niko we ask ourselves just one question every day: "How can we enhance buildings to better suit your needs?"

NOMINATION DETAILS

Touchswitch Digital Room Control Button by Niko Design Team is a Nominee in Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Touchswitch Digital Room Control Button by Niko Design Team is Winner in Building Materials, Construction Components, Structures & Systems Design Category, 2018 - 2019.



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