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Galleries // 2020 Spark:Product // Hitachi Advanced Color Controller

Hitachi Advanced Color Controller


Competition: Spark:Product
Designer: Lawrence Chu - Global UX Design Director
Design Type: Consumer goods, appliances
Company / Organization / School: Hitachi–Johnson Controls Air Conditioning, Inc.
Website: https://www.hitachiaircon.com/
Team Members: Lawrence Chu, Liu Yang, Irene Ding, Nikhil Nair, Iris Yuan & Chia Yen Hsieh

This is a wired remote controller for residential and commercial spaces. Users seek for a simpler navigation to control temperature, but most legacy products do not prioritize this. Research suggests actual need for improved visibility on display, simplified navigation, and aesthetics that integrates with interiors. The wave shape on the cover is a visual language and a user-tested ergonomic benefit to a more comfortable touch angle. By re-thinking the manufacturing approach, physical touchpoints, and user interfaces, this product provides a simple to use solution over competing offerings.