Beyond User Interface is a project by Indesit Company. Its goal is to create new envisioning features for the interace of domestic appliances. Due to their popularity and to the large use by a great number of people, those devices play a crucial role in the context of everyday living at home. of the potential in terms of affordances and possible interaction with other computing devices has still to be explored. Four different domains of applications of the use of domestic appliances have been explored for the development of BUI project:
– Remote Control
– Social Networkingl
– Energy Saving & Monitoring
An analysis of the everyday context was conducted within the research team to collect suggestions about those domains. Several meetings involving light and heavy users -i.e. professionals in the field of cooking and cleaning- of domestic appliances were also organized using cultural probes as a mean to allow people to draw, take notes and record the opportunities they might come across in their everyday context.