Providing consumers with maximum level of configuration in a suite of mobile apps, Alexa and Smartwatch solutions.
The Solution Fires App user interface is designed to enable users to control a broad range of configuration options of up to five electric fires while still providing an intuitive, enjoyable user experience. Configuration options include the flame picture, downlight, fuel bed and scene lights. The app also allows users to remotely adjust the volume of the fire sound, control heaters and set a target temperature along with the facility to set a seven-day timer.
In developing the system it was necessary to design, build and test a complex messaging system that both ensured the various smart controllers were simple to set-up and use in a domestic wifi environment and also incorporated a sophisticated messaging package to allow the apps to control the fire’s on-board micro-controller.
In factory delivery mode the fire broadcasts a default wifi network. When first using the smartphone app the system searches for fire set-up wifi networks. The user selects the fire and the app reconfigures the fire to connect to the home-owners wifi network while also switching off the fire’s installation wifi network. The fire then connects to a cloud based server via a permanent bi-directional socket connection. This socket allows the fire to receive instructions from the server and to update the fire’s status, for example, if the fire has been physically switched off. Similarly the apps transmit instructions which are managed and forwarded by the server.
The Solution Fires app configures associated smartwatch and Alexa based devices which provide the ability to access an optimised set of fire control functions and pre-set modes via the cloud based server.
The Solution Fires range is a development of Capital Fireplaces Limited. CFL’s Technical Director, Andrew Hayman commented, "Creating something brand new in the fireplace industry had some huge interface challenges, each one of which the team at Exploding Phone were equal to, validated by a fabulous response in the market place to our new product launch".