Preparing to live in
Joule’s premise was a simple one - Run your house at the click of a button. Joule is a digital spatial experience that reflects on the user’s real world needs for electricity, automation, entertainment and commerce. It seamlessly allows the user to customize their living spaces and live in an optimised and efficient fashion.
Starting off with a piece of paper
Our brief was nothing fancy, but a mind map scribbled on a piece of paper. The challenge was to convert this mind map into a modern home automation product that’s smart and fluidly fits into it’s user’s lifestyle.
But we knew that if we wanted to build for the future, we had to be comfortable taking risks. This meant not only making amazing looking things but also re-imagining life with the Joule Hub.
Creative Head, Grappus
Exploring the market and similar products
The approach adopted for the challenge was a hands on way of problem solving. In depth market research and real time experiences was key to the execution of the idea.
“Sometimes in order to design for people, you need to put yourself in their shoes and re-imagine their life with your product. Everything builds around that and then you create well informed interfaces.”
Tech Head, Grappus
The major user scenarios
After in depth research about user behaviour and what role could a home automatuon system play in their lives, the team came up with four broad scenarios and functions for the joule hub to perform.
Our solution for reducing the redundancy in our way of living was a seamless digital experience that fit into a user’s palm, was potable and with easy onboarding for a new user
A friendly way to
Far from being a run of the mill drill, Joule has a friendly way to onaboard a new user. Instead of showing screens explaining features, the idea is to make the user jump into the product as quickly as possible.
Controling devices and creating snapshots
A user can quickly enter a space to see the devices and their states. Apart from the basic toggle contols, he can create snapshots and automations from a space. He can easily access the device to alter it’s properties. Whether it’s a fancy lighting device or a straight forward utilitarian switch connected to some appliance. It’s just a tap away
With the devices setup in the right spaces, the user starts simple, by assigning values to them. The user can pick devices or combinations of devices to set up repetitive events.
Be smart and
The user stays informed of ‘energy hoggers’ in the home, gets electricity bill projections and suggestion on where exactly in the house can the control or minimize usage
Joule comes with an engaging entertainment section that let’s you browse through an exhaustive library of movies to choose from.