NRG partnered with DEKA to create an innovative in-home power generator that accepts power from a variety of energy efficient sources in effort to power an individuals home. While already an amazing concept, they came to the team to come up with the best way to parse the data to provide home owners with the ability to control the device.
With a product user group comprised of people like Bill Gates, Joel Osteen and Dan Akroyd, we launched into a technical discovery to get a better understanding of the physical product and the current features and available data sets. There were a lot of conference calls regarding web service calls, server configurations, and parsing what and when.
After determining the infrastructure, we turned our attention to two specific efforts: First, take the real-time technical data that the machine was spitting out and translate it to into an easy-to-understand language, and second, create an interactive dashboard that was customizable, informative and beneficial to our end-users.
The results included a tiled NRG branded dashboard with each tile being a self containing metric about the machine that included the ability to view and compare data day-to-day, week-to-week, and over a monthly period. Customers were able to pull up their specific generators information on desktop or mobile device and be able to see the machines current state, kilowatt output, RPM’s, incoming power source and more. The ability to see trends allowed users to better configure how their machine would run for better configuration and efficiency. By being able to receive power from sources like solar or wind, the machine would ideally be able to efficiently generate enough power that the excess could be sold back to the grid. And that really is the power to be free.
Team Role: Strategy, Digital and Creative Director, UX and UI Designer