A Home app concept posted on Behance pulls off a difficult trick: combining power and flexibility with ease of use.

Apple has done its best to walk that line, devices appearing as simple on/off buttons while a long-press reveals more powerful controls. For lights, for example, you can tap a button to toggle it on or off, and long-press to control the brightness or color – as well as to do things like assigning it to a different room…

Chinese fine arts student Lu Yuhang has taken this to a new level with his smart home app concept. It’s not positioned specifically as a Home app concept, rather as a more generic one, but it’s clear that the aim is the same: a single place to control all of your smart home devices.

Key to it is a flexible grid that allows users to decide what content they want where.

Home app concept – grid

Users get full control of the typeface and color for both text labels and buttons. And there is, of course, a dark mode.

Typeface

There are photo-realistic representations of devices, and there’s a much easier way to move them between rooms, allowing you to do this with several devices at once.

Move devices

Although this might be a rather infrequent need, one thing I found when configuring our smart home is that it was often useful to create virtual rooms for easier Siri control. For example, while our living room is a single room with a dining area, we have a separate ‘Living room’ and ‘Dining room’ for HomeKit purposes. Similarly, the wardrobes are a ‘room’ for lighting, as is the storage area beneath the platform bed.

You can assign different permissions to different family members – for example, limited permissions for children.

The whole Home app concept is worth checking out. Let us know what you think in the comments.

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