Hearth
Inductionstove



Briefing


The task at school was to create a product concept for smart home.
I did some research which was used as competitive analysis and inspiration for my own product.





Research


I made some competitive research to analyze how the user interfaces of the competitor’s products look like, work and which features they have.

The test chamber facility Stiftung Warentest named Siemens, Bosch und Miele’s products as winners of 2016/2017.
Functions of those products included childlock, turn off by longer inactivity, off timer, pot size recognition, connected cooking zones and more. I used some of these functions to my favor.

The weaknesses of these products was a non-intuitive user interface, not understandable without a manual, not enough functions or depending on the model overloaded with functions.




Conception


There’s a ton of home products around already so I tried a different approach and went for a distinct & recognizable UI, I wanted something simple that focuses on the essentials and works without a manual but still have core that can be helpful.

In my sketches I created some first ideas on how to navigate and implement certain functions, which made designing the end product much more efficient.








The end product


I created very simple icons and made it all accessible with a few taps.

I thought about how the stove fields could interact with the interface, for example that they could have the same color (red=active, orange=cooling off).
To accompany the product I designed a simple app that helps me roast a steak and a manual with a little explanation.






Work in Progress



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Daniel Keller
Interaction Designer
Personal Case Study
2018
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