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Brief Published: 26 Oct 2012

Serenity: Emotional Home Operating System


Seattle-based technology company Artefact focuses on designing products that lead to social and environmental improvements through creative user experience design. The firm’s latest design concept, Serenity, is a tablet computer with an e-ink display that gives the user control over and information on home appliances. It aims to strengthen the user’s emotional connection to the home.

The tablet can be used to measure and control temperature, lighting, sound and energy consumption. Information is presented via sleek infographics, helping the user to engage with the data. An infographic showing energy consumption might take the form of a plant that turns brown and sheds its leaves when consumption is too high. When the user reaches a more sustainable energy level, the plant turns green and thrives.

Serenity has won the Red Dot design concept award and the BraunPrize 2012.