Messung Smart

TUSHAR DESHMUKH BUNGALOW, PUNE

Posted on 04/05/2022

The Conversation

“There are times when customers get confused when we enlighten them about all the home automation possibilities. This is why our initial conversations are crucial to steer the clients through all the choices and help them find the right solutions. But there are also times when clients show impressive clarity in what they want. This project is one example of it.”

The project was commissioned and executed by our authorized integrator, ELV Designs. They met with the client and took a tour of the property to understand the architecture and find opportunities for device placements. The motif for the entire interior was BLACK & WHITE. The client was very clear with the designs they wanted for touch keypads and the functionality each should have.

The Mandate

The client wanted minimal designs on keypads and simple functionalities so that it’s easy for every member of the house to get used to them. All basic systems were to be brought on automation, and a master controller was needed at the entrance.

Building the experience

This project was all about keeping it simple. From the design of the keypads to the construction of functionalities, everything was kept simple, elegant, and utilitarian. Everything pertinent to the automation needed to be white. Clean designs on keypads. No icons cluttering the fascia. For ease of operation, the partner recommended simple four or six-button capacitive touchpads. This way, the functionality of each button would be easy to remember by the residents.

“Often, when we think about automation, we mistake it for something fancy and think of traditional systems as simple. While automation can be fancy, it is not just that. If you want to label it, flexible and adaptable are more appropriate. It can be molded into something you desire; it can be minimal or flamboyant—that’s your choice.”

To further simplify the functionalities, the same scripting pattern was followed for every room. So if button one in one room operated overhead lights in that room, the same would apply to that button in every room’s keypad. This was done to ensure that a habit would form over time, so their family members would be comfortable with the automation system. Both touchpanels and Flat Display capacitive touch switches were placed thoughtfully to complement the interiors and provide optimal benefit. Where only the basic functionalities would suffice, touch switches did the job. So, a four-touch switch panel had the first button turning on and off the ceiling lights, the second one controlling the fans, the third curtains, and the fourth one regulating the lamp.

A master controller was installed at the entrance to allow the client to operate the entire house from one point in the home. This is especially helpful when leaving the house; the client can turn off all utilities from one point and ensure everything is switched off.

The Result

It’s been more than three years since installation, and the client is living comfortably with the automation systems. This project is an example of how a minimalist approach can sometimes help you build something truly satisfying and valuable.

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