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Storyboard Suite for Innovative Home Automation GUIs

Home automation provides a convenient way to control home appliances and systems. Making life easier for homeowners, it also saves energy by programming devices and systems to operate within certain requirements. Controls for home automation can be as simple as dimming lights via a remote or as feature-rich as a network of home systems programmed with a main controller or mobile device.

Smart Home GUI Design

The "Smart Home", outfitted with cutting edge home automation technology, might be a Geek's* paradise, but has also become more mainstream for a number of reasons.

1. Energy doesn't come cheap

A big driver is the cost of heating and powering our homes. Energy isn't getting any cheaper, and aiming to decrease energy consumption is a mission of the financially savvy and environmentally conscious among us. Using a home automation system to pre-program home temperatures or to set appliances to run during peak hours saves electricity. That means more money for Friday night takeout.

2. Keeping our homes - and families - safe

You weren't expecting visitors? Check out the interface of your home automation system to see who's knocking at your door at 11pm. Home security systems are gaining in technology prowess and complexity. Designing an intuitive interface to interact with security systems increases security and safety, and by association, peace of mind.

3. Because convenience

Smart homes lend convenience to busy households. Well-designed home automation interfaces allow homeowners to interact with and control their homes in ways that maximize convenience and savings.

The best home automation interfaces are designed with users in mind. Simplicity is key, but intuitive and easy-to-use controllers require elegant design, exhaustive testing, and multiple iterations, which can be time intensive. Designing with Storyboard Suite allows teams to keep UX and UI designers engaged in the entire development process, resulting in systems that are finely tuned and highly functional, without dragging out timelines.

A simple, easy-to-use home automation demo, built with Storyboard Suite

Check out the following home automation demo on the Atmel SAMA5D4, featuring video playback. This interactive user interface was built with Storyboard Suite to manage various aspects of a home, including lighting, heating & cooling, and home security.



*We use the word "geek" with much admiration and respect, obviously.

Originally published: Jun 8, 2015 5:30:45 AM, updated 03/23/20

Written by Jennie

Jennie used to dabble in code, but a love for sentences and the oxford comma lured her to pursue a career in writing and storytelling. Although she works primarily as a writer, she also volunteers as a mentor for organizations that teach girls and women the basics of web design, development, and WordPress. She loves cats.

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