smart home of the future
The theme “What if…?” of the 2015 Dutch Design Week inspired Eneco, a Dutch energy supplier, to set up the Smart Home Day. 4 teams of design students were challenged to imagine the future smart home. Eneco wishes for Toon, a smart home thermostat to be the central figure in this future. The device regulates home temperature, communicates energy usage, connects with other smart home devices, and compares energy usuage within the connected community. Over 5 days the teams worked on designing for the question “What is the future of Toon?”
Methods & Tools Interview Brainstorm Persona
Interviewing visitors to the DDW gave 3 main insights. Toon needs to have
These insights led to the development of 3 personas of Toon
Methods & Tools Trend analysis Maquette
The personas were enriched with trends and scenarios for each were drawn.
A maquette helped to visually illustrate the scenarios. Feedback from visitors and the other teams reinforced the analysis.
Methods & Tools Moodboards Sketching
paper & paper
Discussions with design experts on the future of energy, sustainable living, smart homes and Toon further solidified the team’s vision. Magazines were ripped apart to make moodboards to represent this vision. These were used to draw out our ideas.
Methods & Tools Solidworks Keyshot Service Model Canvas
A 3 staged approach to position Toon as the central element in the smart home of the future.
Raise awareness for Toon by focusing on its functional strengths.
Partner with home product manufacturers to develop devices optimized to work with Toon.
Toon steps into the background and evolves into a service by seamlessly integrating into the smart home.
Methods & Tools Lasercutting Mock-up
All photographs by Ken Giang
|Type||Design Challenge – Dutch Design Week|
|Team||Jeske Nijman, Ken Giang & Kashyap Krishna|
CoLab curated the challenge and engaged with updates and polls on Facebook.
The incredibly talented Pim Dijkman followed the groups throughout the challenge and filmed these fantastic snippets of our journey.