Home Water System Uses Visualizations To Help People Reduce Waste

Home Water System Uses Visualizations To Help People Reduce Waste
Design

Matter believes that data can help curb excess water usage in the home

Jiwon Kim
  • 17 may 2017

Controlling water usage is difficult for the most part. Each month, the bills are unpredictable and it is hard see when and how the costs get added up. There are also environmental factors to consider, like what happened during California’s recent drought. To help encourage water conservation, Design firm Matter and engineering firm Mindtribe have teamed up together to create Well, a smart home system that monitors a home’s water usage and makes this data clear and accessible to the residents.

It works by hooking up sensors to a home’s water lines. From there, each sensor has the ability to collect water consumption data to a server that sends all the information to an app on a phone. Mini turbines within these sensors generate electricity to collect and transmit this data. The app’s UX iis designed in a manner that lets residents see a full water tank that starts draining as water is used. At the beginning of the day, users see a beautiful mountainous scenery that turns into a desert once too much water is used.

The creators came together to merge accurate technology with good design. They believe that good design has the potential to change behaviors for the better, creating a system in a way that reinforces good behavior.

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Controlling water usage is difficult for the most part. Each month, the bills are unpredictable and it is hard see when and how the costs get added up. There are also environmental factors to consider, like what happened during California’s recent drought. To help encourage water conservation, Design firm Matter and engineering firm Mindtribe have teamed up together to create Well, a smart home system that monitors a home’s water usage and makes this data clear and accessible to the residents.

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