fuseproject and British Gas are bringing a connected home to millions in the UK via an everywhere-friendly design

The thermostat recently got a much needed redesign when Swiss designer Yves Béhar and his fuseproject team worked with British Gas to develop and construct the Hive 2.

Looking to capitalize on a utility that hasn’t paid much attention to user experience in the past, the teams wrapped up two years of work to transform the thermostat into a simple connected device that is easy to use and understand.

The Hive 2 combines heat and hot water controls into a device that is easy to install and program for U.K. residents. But another important consideration was making sure the device blended in with homes and did not just become another screen in the household. Instead of traditional materials, the teams created a NCVM (non-conductive vacuum metallization) front treatment that makes the Hive 2 resemble a small mirror and hides the display unless someone is actively operating it.

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