High-tech bathrooms trending
April 1, 2018
Faithful readers may recall a few months ago when we spoofed smart showers controlled by a cell phone, but high technology continues to make waves in bathroom design.
Tech trends that could catch on include luxury new bathtubs – such as the Kohler Purist tub – and computer screens built into bathroom mirrors.
The Purist is a drop-in “chromatherapy” bathtub equipped with a full spectrum of coloured lights that are meant to provide a “relaxing and invigorating experience.” There are also tech tubs with motion sensors and voice activation that turn on water to preset temperatures and automatically drain the water when you step out of it.
Custom touch screens embedded in bathroom mirrors, proponents say, allow you to watch a movie while bathing, or update the weather and news while you are shaving.
At home and electronic shows this spring, both Moen and Kohler unveiled bathroom faucets, screens and smart showers that can be activated by Amazon’s Alexa, the voice-activated personal assistant.
While it’s all a long way from current bathrooms and still difficult to tell if super smart bathrooms will truly catch on, renovators and new home builders should be aware that high-tech bathrooms are trending and could become a popular request.