The Henri is a box designed by studio and brand Method that is supposed to help designers create screenless user interfaces. As more and more connected home products come out, people are communicating with objects in new ways. However, not everything has a screen, which proposes challenges to designers.
Developed as a replacement to smart home innovations like Nest, Henri has two brushed steel knobs that let designers experiment with the ambient elements of interfaces, like sound and light. This invention is necessary because this industry is very much a new frontier in an experimental period of trial and error without best practices in place. Daniel Nacamuli raises the point "what happens when you have all these connected objects in your house that all communicate with their users differently?"