Stanford Start.Home: Design

Stanford Start.Home: Design


[MUSIC] The idea of the interaction design team
for the start home came from this realization
that, in fact, a lot of a home’s energy use is not just the structure, a lot of it came from user
behavior. That threw us into the world of product
design. So how can we design this product with this experience for this person, this
user? So what that meant was a lot of
brainstorming. We spent a lot of time over a year and a half thinking very carefully,
talking to a lot of people about what they do when they
turn the lights on, when they shower, when they
brush their teeth. Trying to figure out where would the right
opportunities for us be to intervene and redesign part of the house, part of that interaction
experience. The room switch was designed so that with
one simple touch the outlets and lights in the room
would go off, so that your room wasn’t consuming
any more energy than it had to be when you weren’t in it. The hands-free leg operated sink, is
designed so that off is always effortless. We wanted the act of consuming energy, of
switching things on, of changing the thermostat, to be something that you’re
aware of when you’re making that, that decision. But we wanted to kind of put it in the
background and make it a subtle awareness, such that it
didn’t interfere with everyday life.


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