ZEN Thermostat

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  • 2015

  • Product
    Consumer Electronics

Designed By:

  • Planet Innovation

Commissioned By:

ZEN Within

Designed In:

Australia

Recently, a raft of new smart thermostats have raised expectations for the connected home market. Consumers demand products that are beautiful, easy to use and operate seamlessly with the rest of their home technology. In reality, many products that look fantastic are challenging to connect to other systems, and those with better interoperability are dated and or overly complex.

ZEN Thermostat is a smart thermostat with a sophisticated design, intuitive use and seamless integration across a wide range of connected home systems. The design team behind ZEN Thermostat ensured that the philosophy of Beautiful, Simple, Connected was incorporated in all aspects of the aesthetic, engineering and user experience.


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  • We believe that thermostats should be elegant and simple. ZEN fits beautifully into your home or office environment. The LED screen provides clear and simple feedback, icons only display when they are required. When left inactive the display simply fades away. Zen is available in black or white, so it blends seamlessly into your existing interior design. Zen has no ugly push buttons. Instead we have replaced them with an elegant touch screen which is simple and intuitive. Instead of screws, Zen uses magnets to click on and off the wall.

  • Zen allows you to control the temperature of your home anytime, from anywhere, using your smartphone. Wherever you are, simply set the desired temperature and come home to a comfortable house no matter what the temperature outside. It works with almost all types of heating and cooling systems and also provides control of the fan and emergency heating.

  • We believe that simple design is good design. So while it was tempting to just keep adding features, what we realised was that most people just want a beautiful thermostat that is simple to install and easy to use. We looked at how people use thermostats and we found that complicated units with embedded learning algorithms don't really work the way people expect. You can spend a lot of time correcting the assumptions it's made about you. We wanted to avoid this. We didn't want to create a thermostat that thinks it's smarter than you. We wanted you to only interact with Zen when you really need to.

  • Zen is the perfect addition to your Home Automation System. With a connected system you are in full control of your home temperature. Zen is designed to be an open system using Zigbee connectivity. It is OpenHome certified and integrates seamlessly with other smart home systems. This allows homeowners to access scheduling and energy saving apps if they choose. ZEN's advanced power management allows it to work for 2 years using 4 AA batteries without needing any external power wiring.

    ZEN comes complete with everything you need in the box. The interactive installation guide generates a personalized set of installation and wiring instructions. The easy to follow, step-by-step approach makes the installation stress free no matter which thermostat you are replacing.