We live in a constantly connected society - more than half of adults in the U.S. own smartphones (75 percent in a recent survey actually admit to taking them in the bathroom). It comes as no surprise that integrating technology into the bathing space is one of the hottest trends in products and interior design. Gone are the days of blasting the TV from an adjacent room to catch the weather forecast, or eating up precious counter space with a docking station for your mobile device. It’s never been easier or more affordable to make your bathroom smarter - all while keeping your electronics safe. Consider these four ways to tech up your bathroom:
1. Watch TV on your mirrored cabinet.
As you’re brushing your teeth or applying makeup, catch the traffic report or a recap of last night’s game on a TV integrated into your mirrored cabinet. While some cabinets have screens installed inside the cabinet itself, an in-mirror design lets you make full use of storage.
2. Shower out loud.
This cool new gadget makes singing in the shower even better. The KOHLER Moxie showerhead + wireless speaker is the first of its kind to combine the delivery of water and music. It installs the same as a standard showerhead and syncs with your Bluetooth-enabled devices to stream music or your favorite podcast right into the shower for up to seven hours of play per charge. And when shower time is up, the magnetic wireless speaker can come with you, whether it’s elsewhere in the bathroom, the patio or the park. Kohler also sells colored speakers separately, making it easy for everyone in the family to have their own.
3. Immerse yourself in sound.
After a long day or intense workout, a bath soak can relieve stress and soothe muscles. Couple warm water with sound therapy and you take relaxation to a new level. VibrAcoustic hydrotherapy, offered on six Kohler bathtub lines, captures the power of sound waves with four original music compositions that either slow your breathing and heart rate, or invigorate and rev you up for the day ahead. The premium sound quality from the bath actually allows it to double as an audio source, whether you play music from your MP3 player through an auxiliary cable or stream from your Bluetooth-enabled device.
4. Save water - with a push of a button.
Making your bathroom smarter can also help you be smarter about water conservation. Digital showering systems control temperature and flow with a digital interface, which eliminates the need for manual valves and gives your shower a sleek, modern look. With conservation settings such as a pause feature and shower timer, it’s easy to save one of the earth’s most precious resources without sacrificing performance. Want to keep tabs on how much water your house as a whole is using? Explore mobile applications to help you track and save. For more ways to save water throughout your home, visit www.savewateramerica.com.