MUJI, the Japanese consumer and home goods company, has created a house in Mitaka, Tokyo completely furnished in MUJI goods and is offering a FREE 2 year stay in exchange for completing a monitoring process throughout your lease. Enter the lottery to win by June 25th, 2012 on either facebook or twitter but you may need to brush up on your characters as all monitoring communications will be in Japanese.
This is sweet design thinking in action. Nest is the world’s first self-programming thermostat, designed to save energy.
Nest was founded by former Apple engineers Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers, who claim that the “world’s first learning thermostat” can cut home heating and cooling use by an average of 30 percent, compared to a standard thermostat. Nest has a stainless steel outer ring and an LED display screen, measuring three inches in diameter altogether. Once installed, the user answers some simple questions about heating preferences and habits, and then continues to use the thermostat as they would normally — for example, turning it down when they leave the house. Over one week Nest will learn user behaviors and create a bespoke heating or cooling schedule. It continues to learn over time, so one-off temperature changes won’t affect the schedule, but if repeatedly changed it will read just the program. Its sensors can detect when no one is home, causing the device to activate the Auto-Away feature, which stops energy being used to heat or cool an empty home.