Design scenarios

The introduction set out a goal for this project:

“Investigate how a smart home may combine the control and flexibility of an open source platform with the convenience of a proprietary service-based system, while inclusively catering to a diverse group of inhabitants.”

This goal was rather broad and with all the gathered information about the context, a more narrowly scoped goal can be defined:

“Provide lighting control that a non-enthusiast is familiar with, while supporting an enthusiast in the continuous development of their DIY smart home.”

To make this goal tangible for designing, it is put into scenarios.

Reading light: non-enthusiast battling the system

1. A non-enthusiast is reading with the light turned up.
2. At 22:00 the house goes in evening mode and the light dims.
3. The non-enthusiast can’t continue reading.

Wake-up light: enthusiast is not always an enthusiast

1. Enthusiast comes home after a party ready for bed, it’s very late.
2. The house thinks they just woke up and gives them the floodlights!
3. The enthusiast has burning eyes.

Next chapter: Process of prototypes