Make the appliance a more meaningful part of the home by increasing the capabilities for interaction.

Demo video on Appliance interface concept.

- Some people don't want to continually check on their appliances.
- Interactions with appliances in themselves can be pleasurable.
- Slow change in behavior can be attained through repetitive actions.

Target Users

2nd or 3rd generation (late) adopters
They may know about the energy-saving capabilities but cannot be bothered with lots of information about use.

In-and-out users
Getting the job done is most important, doesn't want to spend too much time messing with controls.


1.Present-at-hand attitude towards appliances.
Present-at-hand is an idea taken from Martin Heidegger. Present-at-hand is an attitude that is adopted towards an object. This attitude occurs when breakdowns in the user journey happen. We understand breakdowns as moments in an interaction where attention is called to the interaction. These moments need not be jarring, but can be simple moments of reflection and discovery with an object. We use the present-at-hand attitude to call attention to energy-saving behaviors and reward people with smooth and pleasurable interactions.

2. Take advantage of possible “breakdowns” that occur when the appliance becomes present-at-hand.

Primary Research: Artifact Analysis
- Interaction points with appliances at home
- Breakdown existing workflow when interacting with appliances


Dennis Ellis
Angelica Rosenzweig


Design document


User research
Interaction design
User interface design


Qualitative Inteviews
Ethnographic studies
Affinity diagramming
Experience prototyping


Arduino prototyping

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