spot

personal project

a water consumption assistant
- interviewed home owners

problem space: 

Existing systems for managing home water usage is very ineffective. They're also unappealing to home owners because they're complicated, boring, and demands a lot of tedious user tasks.

Through a series of interviews with home owners, it was revealed that even though they want to conserve water and decrease their water bills, they are uninterested in water consumption management systems even when some of their homes already have it built in. They find it tedious, to check the apps or websites periodically throughout the week to see their consumption data, and once they do they're still unsure how to actually decrease their consumption.

approach: 

Currently existing systems consider very little on the user experience. Complex sensors are installed and then data sets are then presented to home owners in an overwhelming dashboard. By working with homeowners, I established a set of design goals based on the main flaws of existing systems. This approach prioritizes the design on the fundamental purpose of a water usage management system, which is to decrease water consumption.

bringing  key  insights  from the digital to the physical

make it relevant
make it unobtrusive
make it accessible

Relevant - Only the data that can actually help users decrease their daily water usage, should be presented to them.
Unobtrusive - Data should be presented to users in a seamless way. Checking an app or website periodically is a very intrusive task.
Accessible - Data should be accessible to all home users, not just the home owners because it's everyone's responsibility to decrease consumption, not just those paying the bills.

task analysis: 

By bringing the digital insights to a physical space, the Spot system has a clear information hierarchy that presents users with the most important and impactful data sets at the most convenience. Other sets of data that don't need a user's immediate attention, like trends over time or comparisons, are then more hidden away requiring the launch of the mobile app.

Spot

for the now

a mobile app

for the whole picture

Spot's faces: 

see your usage level as you use it

an automatically triggered timer

clearly understand your consumption

put spot anywhere

so everyone at home
can help conserve water

how it works: 

sensors built-in Spot

A proximity, light, and sound sensor helps Spot know exactly the duration of each water use at that location.

base station sensors

Clamped to the main water pipe to the house, the device tracks the total water usage of the whole house.

app UI: 

install main station

Clamp the main station clasp on to the home’s main water pipe.

plug it in  &  turn it on

Plug it in to the nearest outlet and turn on the switch located at the top of the unit.

connect it to Wifi

Select the wifi network the mains station should connect to.

main station set

now, let’s add a Spot

This will allow you to track and understand the water usage at a specific spot!

locate Spot

Place Spot at the water usage area you wish to monitor

wake and connect Spot

Hold down the button on Spot's back until the screen lights up, then wait
for it to connect

calibrate Spot

Follow the set up instructions on the Spot screen.

select a category and name the spot

add a timer

select the Spot

set the timer duration

select alert type

A visual counter or a sound alert that is triggered when the time is up.

view based on time period

view based on usage type

user testing: 

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