Even the best-designed smart home apps can feel a little lifeless compared to flickable light switches and spinnable thermostats, which is why a German studio is working on a home automation cube that is a tactile alternative to the smart home apps of today.
This simply called Cube, the device is a small black cube that you can carry around your house, place on any surface, and use it to control nearby lamps, shades, thermostats, and speakers contextually.
”We all have arrived at a point where we all use displays and GUIs all the day,” explains studio founder Dario Jandrijic. “We all are permanently distracted from our real physical social lives. With Cube you are not distracted. You can use it without thinking about it.”
Of course there’s a catch. The total number of functions Cube can handle is inherently limited to the six sides of a cube.What makes that one tool so useful is its ability to respond to specific context,for instance,
It’s easy to see how Cube could become location aware so that it might simply mix and match different functions depending on the room you’re in,like
The home automation cube provides an effortless transition from macro and micro level control, all built within a gesture rather than a deep onscreen menu system.