Smart Home app
Date August 20-22, 2019
Duration 3 days
Role Concept Designer
It was a 3 days' assignment test in order to check creativity and concept skills.
Design a mobile app UI that lets you control:
➔ Lights on/off, intensity, colour
➔ Temperature on/off
➔ Curtains open/close
➔ A made-up smart home functionality of your choosing (the sky's the limit; forget technical feasibility)
Initially, I came up with raw ideas of transforming 4 required functions into 4 visually distinctive elements.
Patterns I started with were: 4 corners in a room – 4-side rotating element (like a Rubik's cube), a solar system of smart objects, trendy rotating UI controls (hey, dribbble), pattern recognition bot, typography variations (designer's special), real objects in "habitat".
I brainstormed devices states, which I'd wish to cover in my project and created a simple ecosystem of options. My imaginary function was pet control, however, I believe it's rather feasible.
Then I came up with a possible scenario:
Now Hero is in his room with a cat named Wendy, enjoying a movie as he usually does on Thursday night. During this he'd like to take a short break and make a cup of tea, he plans to go to sleep right after the movie ends, but not later than 00:10.
Building a case:
NOW (my room: MOVIE NIGHT; other rooms: default) ➔ NEXT (all rooms: TEA, TOILET)
NEXT PLANNED (all rooms: SLEEP; timer: 00:10) ➔ EDIT, ADD
RECENT (HISTORY, SAVE TO SCHEDULE)
Immediate control of all smart devices by typing-in any command, you can get information about syntax by clicking the icon on the right. Can be improved with voice control.
@ambie turnoff //turns off the light named Ambie
@wendy move(myroom) //moves Wendy cat to My room
@jay ? //returns a current state of curtains named Jay
The dashboard screen includes scheduled and happening now activities. To adjust smart devices by room or by type of control function you can choose the second or the third icon in the Tab bar.
What’s happening right now?
By transferring activities from your real-life into the app, you can easier get used to thinking in group settings, instead of single adjustments, which can save a lot of your time, when your smart network will become bigger. That is what smart home was made for.
Movie night is an activity that has started at 21:00 and includes a group of temperature, light, curtains and pet settings adjusted by you once and for every Thursday for example.
Activities that come in handy
Quick access to useful activities during watching the movie. Some of them can be suggested by AI, others can be based on your habits or recent behaviour. One more step to trust your schedule to the app.
One thing is not for sure: if you really need to inform the app about your plans about making a cup of tea during the movie. But for the big distributed network of smart devices, it can help a lot.
Sleeping is going to start at the scheduled time with all you need to dive in comfort.
Light control screen includes states and adjustments of all lightning devices. Here you can control the state of every lamp separately. Add a new device by clicking plus icon in the Navigation bar. The screen can be initiated by clicking the third icon in the Tab bar.
Four Controls to rule them all.
Navigation Bar that includes Light, Curtains, Temperature and my 4th made-up functionality – Pet control.