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Clear Castle

Clear Castle is a futuristic house system for the householder to see the infrastructure of the house directly. With Clear Castle, the householder can easily observe water and electricity consumption and fix plumbing system issues. 

 

The theme of this project is Digital Twin. A Digital Twin is a digital copy of a physical system. Digital Twin refers to the simulation of a physical system, similar to an information platform system.  


The project plan includes concept development, research, branding, design, and the final concept video and prototypes. 

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RIT Spring 2020

Individual

School Project

Deliverables

Concept video

(3D Motion) 

Prototypes 

Tools

Adobe Illustrator

Photoshop

CINEMA 4D

After Effect

Premiere Pro

 

Concept

"Clear Castle…. Know your home, clearly." 

 

Today

Today, many families have their smart home systems, such as Google Nest, Amazon Alexa, and Samsung Smart-things. People can control their home electronic devices, lighting, and security systems through their smart terminals or mobile phones. 

Problem

But what if these devices break down? What if there is a problem with the infrastructure of the house itself? Before repairing or replacing damaged parts, people will have to face long waiting times and multiple visits by maintenance technicians. Clear Castle aims to solve these problems. 

Future

Clear Castle is a system for the householder to know their home clearly. With Clear Castles, users can directly see how the infrastructure of the house works, such as electrical systems, plumbing systems, and heating systems. When any issue happened, Clear Castle can use a hologram to guide the users to fix the problem step by step. 

Background Research

1. Demographic

National House Maintenance Costs 2018

American Housing Survey (AHS) shows that “The national aggregate cost of addressing reported housing deficiencies at $126.9 billion in 2018, with an average repair cost among households with repair needs of roughly $2,920.” 

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2. User Interview

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3. Competitive Analysis

Most of the current smart home systems only can show the things that can directly see in the homes, such as lighting, locks, security cameras, appliances, and thermostats.

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Solution

Clear Castle

A hologram house system lets the householder view the infrastructure of the house directly. With Clear Castle, the householder can easily observe water and electricity consumption and fix infrastructure issues. 

Video Demo

1. Introduce Clear Castle, and show an overview of the house system:  

  • Plumbing System Hologram + Water Consumption

  • Heating System Hologram + Temperature Statistics

  • Electrical System Hologram + Energy History 

2. ​Small problems that users can solve by themselves: 

  • Temperature Change Warning

  • Plumbing System Clean Notification

3. Problems requiring maintenance workers + appointment

  • The system will help users to replace an electric fuse step by step. Users also can make an appointment with just one bottom tap, and a technician will come to fix the problem. 

 

Initial Sketches

Storyboard & House Plan

Plumbing System

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Electrical System

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Heating System

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Visual Design

Style Guide

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Mood Board

Home | Comfortable | Peaceful | Relax

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Logo Development

Prototype

Hologram Device

Clear Castle's hologram device is a small disc that is easy to carry and can be placed anywhere in the house. After activating the device, a hologram of the house will show up.

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Plumbing System

The hologram will provide users a clear view of the house’s circuits of Hot-water, Cold-water, Drainage, and Ventilation. Users can know how the system works inside the wall and check their usage history. 

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Electrical System

With Clear Castle, users can see how the wiring system grows inside the wall. The hologram will show Energy History, and users can check how much energy they spend on each device.

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Heating System

Clear Castle will show how the Heating System works underfloor. The system will control the temperature based on users' schedule, and provide them the most comfortable temperature experience. 

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Minor Issue Notification

The system will show users minor problems that they can solve by themselves. 

Example: 

  • Temperature Change Warning

  • Plumbing System Clean Notification

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Main Issue &  

Schedule Appointment

Holograms can help users solve some main problems step by step, such as replacing electric fuses. Users also can make an appointment with just one bottom tap, and a technician will come to fix the problem. 

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