Stories is a professional service, designed for residents. We study and program equipment based on a diagnosis established at home together. We support Saty-At-Home by modernizing the home.
Your identity and lifestyle
Our solutions are discreet but not invisible. Making a home improvement involves a decision that can take time for most of us.
I have an alarm at home, it’s great for the family, it makes me feel better. But when I bring up the idea to my dad, he tells me he doesn’t have time to press a button every time he comes in or goes out….
What is perceived at 40 as a benefit of comfort and security, can be perceived as a change of habit that puts at the center of the conversation: our weaknesses or a feeling of “being infantilized” – when we are 75 years old.
This is why Stories tends to destigmatize “services to the inhabitant”.
In any case, there is an identity work to be done to accept this new perception of the habitat as “fitted” for oneself. To improve one’s comfort, security, and to support a deficiency, or physical fragility due to age.
The Stories diagnosis corresponds to this phase during which we will take the time to evaluate and study your life project and which does not involve any decision making. It is a project study.
Our solutions all have a back-up power supply when they are not simply self-powered. This is called the peltier or piezo effect. Simply put: our equipment generates the electricity it needs from solar or thermal energies.
A power failure? Everything remains functional to guarantee your safety in your home.
Since 2013, the know-how of a specialist
At the beginning, Stories was born from a encounter between its two co-founders to support the business change of Design-On, Belfort | France. Design-On is a company specialized in automation and renovation of small tertiary building and residential housing since 2013. It is also specialized in EnOcean technology.
This technology is now very popular in remote controls: it is the famous “wireless, without battery”, electricity is self-generated and transformed into a radio signal to a TV for example.
Stories is the next logical step for Design-On with a service for people throughout the home.
Automate versus connect
Connecting equipment means entering an environment where your home is co-dependent on your connection, or simply: your Internet access. It is the potential exposure of your personal data, the co-dependence with the good functioning of the manufacturers’ data centers.
It is also an installation to be done by yourself, settings to be done by yourself, downloading home control applications and the need to update them regularly to benefit from the latest improvements.
Connected is all about taking a stand for this or that protocol and leaving yourself no choice if you want everything to work perfectly together.
I love the idea of creating living scenes for my entire home. And then I start thinking “will I have to buy my son a smartphone so he can trun everything off on his way to college?” “What if we move?”. It gets complicated when you think about how many accessories I need to add to match our family reality in, say, 2 years.
There are great benefits to being connected in many ways. The co-founders met in that business environment. That’s exactly why, today, they stand by the user.
Automation is a service at Stories. It’s an alternative to “over-performance” in relation to users’ real-life needs. It’s also about supporting commitments to “digital sobriety” – no apps, smartphones, continuous data transfer,…
Automation is basically math. The most frequent automation is the one you find when you arrive in a public space and the light turns on and off by itself. It works with or without internet, it responds to a simple and precise function. Of course, it won’t make you coffee… It’s a pity, we hear the argument…
The diagnosis, not a nice to have: a necessity
No two homes are alike and no two people live the same way.
Diagnosis at Stories is fundamental. We have solutions that meet specific needs, identified at a specific time or pre-identified in the medium term. The notion of “service” is based on this first phase. It is co-constructed with you, in your environment, with your lifestyle.
2. Your life is private
It is essential for us to understand what you need and that you can tell us about it freely.
Without understanding, we would not be able to provide you with the most appropriate solutions. Stories has built its services around testimonials and diverse life experiences. This approach undertaken in 2017 is and will always be relevant. Continuous learning is the promise of continuous improvement.
Your issues are those of thousands of others. It is with you that we will find more solutions for even more people.
With Parkinson’s, I have trouble flicking switches because of the tremors.
If you can’t use your hands much, we’ll use your feet. This information shared helped us rethink solutions to support hands tremors difficulty.
3. Home support, impairment and disability
If “home support” is often associated with the elderly, we must not forget people with cognitive or sensory impairments or with a disability.
A habitat adapted to the inhabitant is perhaps a habitat tomorrow, which will be equipped with automatic lighting at night if we get up. Nondisabled or young, we do not have integrated night vision… The continuation in the next episode of Elon Musk perhaps?
When you are a family caretaker, the problem that often arises is “What if something happens, how will I know?”. Stories offers: informing you when it’s important that you be informed and when you should be informed. The idea here is also to support the mental burden of worry.
When we are concerned ourselves, we don’t always want to have more reminders of our weaknesses, of our disabilities, of our deficiencies; so the prospect of “modernizing” our interior in front of our family can be difficult at first. Stories has thought of solutions that fit into your home with a non-stigmatizing design. Maybe they will even give your family better lifestyle? Imagine being 15 years old, with music in your ears, and definitely not ready to hear anything else – like the doorbell. At the end of the day, the flashing light in the living room that indicates a visitor: not that bad, right?