Pressing the switch is an action that we repeat dozens of times every day, turning on the lights, opening the door, turning on the fan, turning on the computer…The small and cute but inconspicuous switches make up all of modern life. You can’t do without the switch, but Have you studied it seriously?
Simple and complex switch
The switch is almost the simplest circuit element. The name composed of two verbs has done all its functions-to control the closing and opening of the circuit.
In fact, since the toggle switch in 1917 replaced the push-button switch born at the end of the 19th century, we have not had more thoughts about switches for nearly a century.
The shape of the switch has been changing for nearly a hundred years, the rope switch, the thumb switch, the flip switch…From the perspective of design aesthetics, the switch has become more and more simple and more ergonomic.
But from the perspective of user experience, the core functions of switches in different forms have never changed: they can and can only control the opening and closing of the circuit they are in, but cannot "communicate" with people.
This sounds a bit unreasonable, doesn't you just want to turn on the light by pressing the switch? Why do you need to communicate with others?
I don’t know if you have had a similar experience: when we come to a strange room, we always have to repeatedly press different switches, and then look up to confirm which button the lights and electrical appliances are on; when a friend comes to the house as a guest, I want to turn on the spotlight that I rarely use, but I can’t turn it on when I press the switch back and forth.
The switch's lack of communication with people is actually the lack of this intuitive "mapping".
In "The Philosophy of Daily Life" (1988), which was evaluated as a human-computer interaction textbook, the author Don Norman once proposed an idea. Since the lights are in a two-dimensional horizontal layout on the ceiling, why don’t the switches and lights be turned on and off? Same, what about a two-dimensional layout?
So Don Norman designed a panel that protrudes from the wall, on which there is a floor plan of the room, and where the lights are, there are small switches that control the corresponding lights.
Don Norman's design does break the limitations of traditional switches and reduce the user's cost of use, but this design has not become popular.
Because the convex control panel is inconsistent with the pursuit of visual simplicity and modern aesthetics, even if Don Norman's design concept is very advanced, it ultimately fails in terms of appearance.
Twenty-five years later, Don Norman published the third edition of The Philosophy of Daily Life. The chapter on switches was almost unchanged, but Don Norman made a bold prediction at the end: the arrival of touch screens is likely to be Completely change the shape of the switch.
The addition of the touch screen makes the switch more display and interactive attributes, making it possible for a panel to integrate multiple switches.
More and more electrical appliances are added to modern homes. Sometimes a wall requires a series of four or five switches to manage the electrical appliances in a room, which is neither easy to remember nor beautiful.
The biggest advantage of the smart switch is that it can use a single screen to unify various buttons with different functions, so that the vision and operation can be simplified.
The MixPad wizard switch recently launched by Oribo was born to simplify the lives of modern people.
Use intelligence to add "fun" to life
From the perspective of the evolution of the switch, the value of the switch is more important than its function. Sure enough, we are still uncompromising visual creatures.
Therefore, if smart switches want to change our lives, the first task is to please our eyes.
Just as everyone has different preferences for home improvement styles, it is difficult to unify everyone's tastes for the colors of the home.
Oribo has designed 7 colors for the MixPad wizard switch, including the dazzling "can be orange", "cloth yellow" and "deep blue", and the low-key and elegant route of "being internet celebrity" and "no green". "Slag slag ash", and "Good White" that matches any home style.
For example, the lively orange can be used as an embellishment in the living room, the low-key light gray is well integrated into the cozy bedroom, and the deep navy blue is suitable for the study of tranquility.
Users can choose the switch color that best matches with the different home decoration styles. As one of the most frequently used appliances every day, a brilliant color combination can give you a good mood every time you press it.
In terms of design, the design of the MixPad wizard switch is also simple. The front is a 3.27-inch touch screen and three physical buttons. There is a Type C interface at the bottom and the speaker on the left.
The MixPad wizard switch provides two installation methods, namely base power supply and Type C power supply.
You can directly replace the old switch at home with the matching switch base (zero live wire), and then install the MixPad wizard switch through the buckle to complete the intelligent transformation of the old switch and realize the control of the three-way light.
If you want to take the MixPad wizard switch to other places in your home, you can also use a Type C charging cable to power the switch and place it on the desktop or bedside to fill the corners that the smart home can't reach.
After installing the smart switch, download the Smart Home 365 app with your mobile phone and simply pair it with it to start your smart life.
In the default state, the MixPad wizard switch is a "clock" that stays quiet on the wall. Information such as time, calendar, and weather are concentrated on the personalized first screen, and important information is clear at a glance.
For example, the weather in Guangzhou has changed recently. Before you go out, you can take a look at the MixPad wizard switch at the entrance to determine if it will rain today, and remind yourself to bring an umbrella.
The MixPad wizard switch is also a good helper in life. Usually, it is easy to forget the time when cooking, so you can use the MixPad wizard switch to set a "countdown".
The MixPad wizard switch also has built-in music in a variety of different scenes. In the default setting, you can control the playback of music by pressing three physical buttons. .
Transform into the whole house “smart hub''
After talking about the various intelligent functions of the MixPad wizard switch, let us pay attention to the improvement of the intelligent control experience brought by the intelligent switch.
Compared with ordinary smart switches that are only controlled by circuits, the MixPad wizard switches have a lot more ways to control home appliances. Not only can they be controlled by circuits, but also home appliances can be controlled through Bluetooth and infrared.
If you want to use MixPad to connect smart home appliances such as smart light bulbs, speakers, etc., you can click "Scan Device" on the switch, or you can manually add it with the mobile app. After the connection is completed, the device will appear in the device list on the first screen, in one step controllable.
Is the air conditioner not cool enough? You can easily control the temperature of the air conditioner by sliding the MixPad wizard switch. You don't need to find a remote control all over the house.
Feel that walking over to control the air conditioner is not convenient enough? The MixPad wizard switch also supports voice control. You can save the effort of getting up from the sofa by shouting "Little European housekeeper, turn on the air conditioner". Sure enough, technology is made to make people lazy.
There are two digital microphones on the MixPad wizard switch. The accuracy and speed of recognition are good, and it can basically be on call. And some simple passwords like "turn off the air conditioner" and "turn on the light" also support quick passwords, which can be responded to by speaking directly.
If you just integrate the remote control into the switch and the mobile phone, it is not really smart, because in essence we are still manually controlling the various electrical appliances, but the remote control in the middle is changed to a different form.
Our daily life is scene-oriented, and a smart home should also make adaptive changes following the changes in our life scenes.
With the MixPad wizard switch, you can set some daily scenes on a physical button.
Get up in the morning, press the button on the switch to enter the "wake up mode", the curtains are automatically opened, the air conditioner is automatically turned off, the night light is also automatically turned off, and the sun shines in to start a new day.
Go home from get off work, press the button on the wall to enter the "home mode", the curtains are automatically closed, the warm lights are on, and the smart speaker starts to play your favorite playlist.
These scene-oriented smart home appliance interactions can be set by themselves through the mobile app, and each physical button on the MixPad wizard switch can correspond to a scene-oriented setting or home appliance status.
However, not everyone’s homes are equipped with smart home appliances. Most people are still gradually transitioning from traditional home appliances to smart home appliances. Can this achieve smart control?
At this time, it can be used together with the infrared control function of the MixPad wizard switch to transform traditional home appliances into "smart home appliances."
The MixPad wizard switch has a large built-in infrared code library, which basically covers mainstream brand home appliances such as Midea, Gree, Haier, Dyson, etc. Through wide-angle and long-distance infrared control, intelligent control of air conditioners, electric fans, TVs, and set-top boxes can be realized.
Usually, the MixPad wizard switch is placed on the table in the living room. It is the "super hub" of household appliances in the whole house.
In general, the MixPad wizard switch allows the appliances scattered at home to be combined through scene-based buttons, voice assistants, and infrared control, bringing a comprehensive whole-house smart experience, which also reflects the core meaning of smart appliances— —Provide users with a comfortable life without burdens and influences.
If you want to start building a smart home that is exclusive to you, then the MixPad wizard switch should be a good smart "entrance."
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