A home is more than windows and walls. To a client it’s where they create memories, relax, organize and create a haven from the bustle outdoors. And of course, no two homes are the same. Knowing new products on the market allow designers to offer the perfect solutions for every client. This week, we’re highlighting new technologies and designs useful to a variety of home needs.
Spanish-based Wattio has developed the SmartHome 360, a home energy monitoring and controls system that your client can manage via a PC, smartphone or tablet all through the company’s cloud software. The system is made up of four components, the POD, which controls appliances and alerts a user to power outage; the battery-powered thermostat THERMIC; an LCD touchscreen called the GATE, which is an access hub of all the controls; and the BAT, which gives a user comparative energy usage information using data from similar homes in the area. These four components work together to provide real-time information and energy-saving options for homeowners concerned about their carbon footprint.
The economy may be on the rise, but many households want design solutions that are economical and can adapt. The new Froc chair, developed by Slovenia-based company Gigodesign, is designed to adapt to a growing child, from six months to 10 years. The chair’s adaptable nature won it the Most Innovative Product award at the Ambient 2012 Furniture Fair. It maintains a center of gravity through a mounted single solid leg supported by four claw feet, providing safety as a child grows.
Click & Grow is about to release its second generation Smart Herb Garden, which is a computerized potted plant system. The indoor garden is designed to make growing plants a “set it and forget it” activity. Powered by AA batteries, it includes sensors that monitor the plant’s parameters and relies on a nanomaterial to provide the optimal amount of nutrients, water and air throughout the plant — unlike usual watering that strip away need nutrients. [Gizmag]