Experience + Digital + Product + Engineering + Production
Mobile devices and their app ecosystem have become a powerful tool that has enabled many companies to leverage and expand their product into a system and service environment. One of Australia’s leading manufacturer of domestic and industrial air-conditioning systems, Actron Air approached D+I with a simple idea; how can we make peoples lives more comfortable.
Touch and feel the elements.
How you interact with the controllers vibrant and rich 720p touchscreen display is at the heart of the experience. Moving the interaction from just simply controlling the air-conditioner to a more rich environment where you can almost see and feel the elements is what we have set out to achieve.
The result is a gorgeous interface that displays full screen images of the modes; heat, cool, fan and auto, in a way that is not just beautiful but also intuitive and natural. Swiping and touching controls feels seamless and natural as you adjust the temperature, view other zones or scroll through your usage history. Everything you ever wanted in an air-conditioning controller at your fingertips.
Make the connection.
We dove deep into the interactive user experience side of the app. This was in order to not only ascertain what functional controls were needed but to also understand what emotional elements could be associated with such controls.
Throughout the app there is a strong, direct correlation between the use of colour and the actual temperature of the home. That simple yet powerful visual connection made the user almost “feel” what the temperature was without actually reading it from the palm of their hand.