Setting Root up
In the sign up process, we accounted for the use case of pairing with a new root or existing root. Many individuals live with roommates or a family that might also want to be able to control their window AC temperature remotely as well.
If an individual decides to pair with an existing root, the phone will scan for the root then promptly send a notification to it's original owner to grant permission to use root.
From our user research, we also learned that many individuals owned multiple window AC units. As a result, the left screen below provides an option for users to add multiple roots. We believed the best way to organize this were vertical, elongated containers to best imitate the shape of the root itself.
Just allowing users to simply turn their window AC's on and off from their phones wouldn't fully turn their window AC's into a smart device. Using the built-in thermostat in the Root, we can allow users to set the exact temperature of the room. We also provide an ETA for how long it will take, which provides users with immediate feedback of their action. By doing so, we turn a $80 window AC into a $250 Nest, which based on our research, does a great job in addressing users pain points of manually setting the temperature.
By choosing a tab styled menu bar, we display a user's potential savings as efficiently as possible, because this is probably the first need our product helps solve.
Ultimately, the savings the root provides is one of the primary reasons users buy it, so we wanted users to be able to easily get an idea of how much their saving. As their savings go up, they likely become more and more excited about using the root.