Simplicity and unobtrusiveness were key factors in the development of Bundl. As the amount of available smart home devices grow, management of these devices becomes more and more complex. The potential users that we spoke to were not concerned with the value of total control. The value users found was in the peace of mind they would have knowing these devices were actively monitoring their home and ensuring that everything runs smoothly. Because of this, we focused our efforts into providing a streamlined experience that made certain assumptions about what would be optimal for the user based on their interactions with the platform. The user is also given contextual information on their utility use to demonstrate that they can make a tangible change when using Bundl.
Bundl was designed to be a more passive experience because our research told us that the best way to engage users in this space was not to force them to use yet another app frequently. Our approach was to give the user enough information to allow them to change their user behavior patterns at home and receive tangible benefits from it.
More details on the design process can be found below.