Voice Home Automation

nortek security and control nutone brand
activate commands by voice

Nortek is a global, diversified industrial company that is parent of several brands that design and manufacture technology-driven solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work.

DVmobile partnered with Nortek’s Security & Control division to design a voice-driven Home Automation mobile application that featured Dynamic Voice + Touch Integration and handoff to control devices supported in NuTone's IoT ecosystem "Vera MiOS" to control z-wave, bluetooth and wi-fi devices.

The MVP launched at the International Builders Show, in January 2017.


The differentiator of Nortek’s approach to Home Automation is the implementation of a 100% voice UI. The capability of the app goes beyond simple commands to allow complex utterances like conditionals and scene creation.

  • Voice UI - unlock doors, turn on lights, add devices and create scenes
  • Touch UI
  • Scene creation
  • Integrates with all Vera MiOS devices
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Design Process

In a constantly evolving industry, excellent UX design marks the difference on how technology is really applied to improve the quality of life of end users. This project challenged the Design team to question what User Experience is as it added a new dimension: voice.

Based on the requirements gathered from the Inception phase, constant communication with the DVmobile and NuTone teams, and continuous iterations; DVmobile designed a unique User Experience and Interface for both voice and touch to control a Home with ease.

design wireframe of app


As part of the DVmobile Empathic Design process, one of the first steps once requirements have been captured is to trace a route for the User Experience; how will screens flow into each other and how will the user interact with the features of the app.

Initially drawn by hand, the wireframes get more and more defined throughout the duration of the project until they become the valuable graphical reference that developers follow when writing code for each requirement story.

interface options exploration


Separate from the flow of screens, NuTone's brand had to be applied to the interface. Several options were explored and evaluated with NuTone's team before selecting one to develop.

This work occurs in parallel to the wireframes, as they do not block each other. Later in the project, both are combined into the final document that developers will follow as a blueprint to code the actual app's interface.

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