Smart Home Tracking
Umi helps you take control of your energy usage. It gives you the information and controls you need to change bad habits, and make new, better ones. Our smart light switch and electrical outlet track and display your energy usage, and relay it to the Umi mobile application, giving you 24/7 control.
Umi is the final result of a team project for an Industrial Design Renewable Energy studio course at RISD. Over the course of 2 months, our group of five developed hardware, software and product prototypes for this product line. My focus was on the development of the software and hardware prototypes.
The code for these prototypes is available on GitHub:
People do not understand their home energy usage due to unclear and inaccessible information about energy use in the home.
How can we help consumers reduce their energy usage?
Create a product that increases consumer awareness of energy use in the home in order to decrease waste and cut costs.
The Umi Ecosystem
The Umi ecosystem consists of four products. The Umi light switch and outlet act as data sources and displays, monitoring your energy usage and giving visual feedback of your usage patterns. These devices feed data to the Umi hub. Finally, a mobile app offers a detailed view into your home energy usage.
The light switch is the universal touch-point in the home for controlling energy usage. Umi makes use of this touch-point to communicate a wide range of information based on room-specific energy usage. When a user turns on the lights in a room with their Umi Switch, they instantaneously see the total energy usage of that room, from lights to appliances. Umi Switch draws its data from the power drawn through the switch itself, as well as wireless updates from the Umi Hub, giving it access to energy consumption of all appliances in a room.
To accompany the Umi Switch, the Umi Outlet offers new capabilities to help reduce energy usage, as well as the same energy tracking technology as the Umi Switch. Install the Umi Outlet to monitor the power of appliances plugged into it. Usage data is relayed wirelessly back to the Umi Hub.