In this project we explored a potential new product for Nest Labs. We realized that the next logical product for Nest Labs would be a product that could do for energy consumption what their thermostat did for heating. Nest is in the perfect position to connect all aspects of power consumption and provide the user with a new level of control over energy management. In order to give the user seamless control over power management for their home, we developed a new smartphone and tablet interface that expanded and improved upon the user experience of the current app.
"Seventy-five percent of the electrical use by home electronics occurs when they're turned off"
- US Department of Energy
The interface was revamped in order to accommodate the additional products. The visuals were updated to a modern look and feel, while the app architecture has been modified to accommodate more products and a setup flow that makes the setup process easier and faster.
For the plug, we wanted a design that drew upon Nest's current product line while at the same time stayed within the confines of what is expected from a power outlet. With rounded corners and a smooth surface the product is aesthetically refined, conveys a high level of technological sophistication, and is non-threatening to the end user.
Creating an intelligent home by modernizing and connecting all aspects of power consumption and providing the user with a new level of control over energy management.
Developing a smartphone and tablet interface that gives users seamless control over power management in the home.
"Energy consumption will grow by 56 percent between 2010 and 2040"
- Energy Information Administration
The Environmental Defense Fund is involved in five Smart Grid development partnerships across the country.
"The problem, so far, is that technological advances in our electrical grid have tended to benefit the utilities more than the consumer."
- Intelligent Utility
The fact that all improvements to the power infrastructure are benefitting the utilities and not the consumer represents a huge opportunity for Nest.
Understanding the Big Picture
User Journey Map
Hardware Proof of Concept
Collaboration with Ryan Murphy (ID '15) & Gavin Atkinson (ID '14)back