Small Office, Home Office, Soho, KVM
The name "KVM" stands for "keyboard, video and mouse". A KVM lets you connect several computers to one set of periferals. It is used mostly in office or home office environments where people have a need switch between different computers rapidly.
- Thorben Neu, Creative Director
While being a leader in KVM technology Belkin saw decreasing market share due to increased competition. We conducted consumer research in order to identify shortcomings in existing products that may lead to new architectures or features for differentiation.
We found that a very common usage scenario for office computers had not been considered by available KVMs: Listening to music or making internet calls. There was no way to switch from one computer to the next without interrupting the audio stream. KVM SOHO allows you to switch audio and microphone separately from the rest so that no matter what computer you are working on, your conference and music keep going.
We had to overcome the added complexity of separate CPU and audio out switching and make both - understanding the status of channels and devices and switching them - intuitive. The innovative 4-way control allows for changing devices separately by pushing on the monitor, speaker or microphone, or all at once by pushing the center of the button. The icons are backlit to indicate status.
In order to facilitate and speed up installation the four channels are clearly coded with colors that run from the user-facing controls to the connections on the back of the KVM to the connections on the cables. The CPUs attached may be color coded with stickers.
Product Architecture | Interface UX Design | Installation UX Design | Design Language | Industrial Design | OBX | Packaging Design | Engineering Liaison
Thorben Neu | Michael Wick | Ernesto Quinteros | Oliver Seil | John Wadsworth