The new Qivivo thermostat enables users to optimise and control their home energy usage through a cell phone application. Users can set their home temperature from anywhere in the world and Qivivo remembers their settings and preferences over time to build a temperature profile for its user.
Their website claims it can reduce the user’s electricity bill and carbon footprint by up to 40 per cent with functions like “vacation mode” and “at home” mode, which ends or starts your heating and cooling system in time with the user’s departure and arrival. The user is able to log into their account and get up-to-date information on the state of their electricity output in the form of graphs and pictures.
The Qivivo is a simple design with minimal lines and comes in a cool clean white. It sit discreetly on the wall and blends in effortlessly with its surroundings.
Designed by Anthony Lebosse and his fellow creators at 5.5 designstudio in Paris, France, the Qivivo Smart Thermostat is elegant and clean like many of the other products 5.5 have designed for their global list of clients.
5.5 has already bagged numerous industry awards in their short existence. They have been labeled as the troublemakers of the design world by some as their approach to creating and conceptualizing aims to overthrow traditional method of creation.
“We tend to think about how we are going to design an object rather than the object itself. We try and be a laboratory for design always questioning our job and subject,” says Lebosse, who was a speaker at the Design Indaba Conference in 2009.