Dots of Fire

Now you too can get all of your temps in dot form! Yay! This concept is a faucet and it’s name is “Tempdot.” The quick and simple reasoning for this is that there’s dots on top of the faucet, dots that both activate the water flow and control the temperature of that water at the same time. Simply drag your finger across the neck of this lovely lady, lift where you want the temperature to reach, and wait for water! To turn off again, just a little bump will do.

The alternate title of this post is Dots of Ice. That’s because these dots can deliver either. Made by a repeat designer here at Yanko, Jaeseok Han, this faucet is simple, nice to look at, and to me it seems pretty reasonable. It reduces the amount of metal that’s got to be used, and the lights on top are said to be recharged by the hot water flow through the system. How nice? How nice.

Designer: Jaeseok Han

Tempdot faucet concept by Jaeseok Han

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  • vornn says:

    awesome, this is a simply great idea.

    : )

  • vornn says:

    is this a concept?

  • Misterfox says:

    I reckon it’s gonna be a bit bothersome to remember the exact dot you pressed when you want to turn that thing off, but then again, you could probably just double-tap any dot, which will stop the flow. So yeah, it’s a good concept. Minimum touching too, which is good if you consider hygiene.

    • Tony says:

      I would have to agree. In theory, this is a great idea but the solution for turning off is missing. I've designed interfaces for the home automation industry for many years. In an automated home theater environment, a user can press a single button for TV, DVD, etc. This will turn on all necessary components and set the desired inputs. When the user is done watching, they simply press an "Off" button that typically has the icon of circle with a vertical line in the middle (they don't press DVD again to shut it off).

      I would think the same would apply to this design. I would suggest a dot at the very front of the faucet. Perhaps it's the same size as the other dots, but looks like a ring shape instead of a filled in circle. Having it in the position also mimics that of many single handed shower faucets found in hotels, where you turn the knob from off, to cold, to hot (no pressure controls). I might also add a line separating the "off" circle from the rest to make it just a bit more obvious.

      Note: "double tap" methods suggested in the comments are great for doing advanced functions, but for something as simple, basic, and required as shutting off the water.

      NIGHTIME
      ========
      In addition, there should be consideration about using this faucet in the dark. With traditional faucets, you can touch around to find and twist knobs. I am assuming the dots on the top glow, but if they don't then they should glow some (but not too much) so a user can see it in the dark.

      USER FEEDBACK
      =============
      When the user taps the faucet, they do get feedback from touching the water to confirm it's the temp they wanted, but an even better feedback would be to make that "dot" temp they touched stand out somehow as additional feedback for where they pressed…. just like a user can see the position of a faucet knob that they have turned.

      PRESSURE
      =========
      For the bathroom, not being able to control the pressure is fine from my perspective. However, there should be a set pressure controller or some sort of a pressure dial inside/underneath the faucet somewhere that allows me to adjust the default pressure. Turning on the cold/hot water lines to a set pressure isn't enough. Otherwise warm will always have twice the pressure as cold or hot.

    • Tony says:

      I would have to agree. In theory, this is a great idea but the solution for turning off is missing. I've designed interfaces for the home automation industry for many years. In an automated home theater environment, a user can press a single button for TV, DVD, etc. This will turn on all necessary components and set the desired inputs. When the user is done watching, they simply press an “Off” button that typically has the icon of circle with a vertical line in the middle (they don't press DVD again to shut it off).

      I would think the same would apply to this design. I would suggest a dot at the very front of the faucet. Perhaps it's the same size as the other dots, but looks like a ring shape instead of a filled in circle. Having it in the position also mimics that of many single handed shower faucets found in hotels, where you turn the knob from off, to cold, to hot (no pressure controls). I might also add a line separating the “off” circle from the rest to make it just a bit more obvious.

      Note: “double tap” methods suggested in the comments are great for doing advanced functions, but for something as simple, basic, and required as shutting off the water.

      NIGHTIME
      ========
      In addition, there should be consideration about using this faucet in the dark. With traditional faucets, you can touch around to find and twist knobs. I am assuming the dots on the top glow, but if they don't then they should glow some (but not too much) so a user can see it in the dark.

      USER FEEDBACK
      =============
      When the user taps the faucet, they do get feedback from touching the water to confirm it's the temp they wanted, but an even better feedback would be to make that “dot” temp they touched stand out somehow as additional feedback for where they pressed…. just like a user can see the position of a faucet knob that they have turned.

      PRESSURE
      =========
      For the bathroom, not being able to control the pressure is fine from my perspective. However, there should be a set pressure controller or some sort of a pressure dial inside/underneath the faucet somewhere that allows me to adjust the default pressure. Turning on the cold/hot water lines to a set pressure isn't enough. Otherwise warm will always have twice the pressure as cold or hot.

  • Dyyami says:

    why would this be a good design?

  • M_Crow says:

    “do you know how a tap works?” will become a difficult question to answer in the near future.. maybe even now! i love this design!

  • mif991 says:

    While the form could be better, I like the concept a lot. It also addresses ADA concerns, it seems. Good job.

  • gmt883 says:

    Looks very farmiliar? This one was out first though. http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/01/08/oh-so-sleek-faucets/

  • barton says:

    how much are they $$$$$$

  • barton says:

    how much are they $$$$$$

  • felipe says:

    ill definitely order one of those

  • felipe says:

    ill definitely order one of those

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