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Kohler is one of the leading bathroom and kitchen product companies that has always appeared at the Consumer Electronics Show with its clever design. This year, it has products that I think are for the extremely lazy, but the company sees things like its automatic bath filler as giving people time back in their days.
Kohler, a Wisconsin-based company (founded in 1873), is presenting a tech trade show in Las Vegas this week at CES 2022 with eight products for the smart home. These include PerfectFill, a smart drain, digital / app controller and bath filler. It drags your bath to the desired temperature and desired depth with a simple voice command or app control, so you don’t have to spend time observing it when the bath is full.
Formerly known as Concept Technology, PerfectFill will be available for purchase in May 2022. Starting at $ 2,700, PerfectFill is a drain system that integrates smart drain, digital / app controller and bath filler. It can drag the bath to the desired preset temperature and desired depth with a simple voice command or through the Kohler Connect app, which reduces the time spent supervising the bath when it is full. You can get up to 10 pre-set experiences.
In an interview with VentureBeat, Shane Ellis, Kohler’s product marketing manager, said that the purpose of all these products is to enhance well-being and make it easier for people to find peace of mind.
“Bathrooms play a very important role in well-being. And we say that the bathroom has become one of the few places where people can actually go away, to escape, to recharge, “said Ellis.” The bathroom is a place that gives customers the opportunity to take care of themselves. “
I asked if these products were for the lazy people inside us. And he said it’s all about giving time to busy people.
“We’re making sure they’re as efficient as possible in performing these tasks,” Ellis said. “So if I stand on the kitchen sink, and wash the dishes to put in the dishwasher, and at the same time, I can say, ‘Alexa, start bathing my baby.’ Then all I can do is get that bath ready when I’m done.
He added, “Now I have some time for myself. And so we really see it as a way to deliver efficiency. We also believe that the whole idea of giving multiple types of control is important. So for products, you still have your manual controls, but then you can add controls and voice control to the app. We see it as an evolution that makes sense in space. We really feel how busy everyone is. Any opportunity that people have to get back in their days will be seen as valuable. That’s really the way we look at it. “
Then there is the product for the incredibly lazy. A stillness bath is a multi-sensory bath experience inspired by the Japanese forest bath. It is priced at $ 8,000 and will be available in the first quarter of 2022.
It is a spa-like free standing bath with LED lighting, fog and scent designed to take your mind on a relaxing and immersive journey. It will calm the body and renew the spirit. It has Hinoki wooden grille to catch the overflow if you want to splash too much. The bottom of the bath is filled with water.
“This is a Japanese soaking bath. And it’s really about the multi-sensory experience with Infinity Edge, “said Ellis.” The water flows over the edge and then circulates again in the tub. “
Kohler also has a touchless residential bathroom faucet, which is not new when you go to the bathroom in public places. You can operate the tap with a hand wave. But in the age of covid, the company is building a faucet for the home that you can run without touching the faucet. They can also work on battery power. It is a sign of the times. It costs 200.
Kohler Power Reserve is also a product for the age of the incredible power grid. It is a modular home energy storage system that connects to solar energy systems to provide homeowners access to solar energy regardless of weather, day time or grid conditions. It starts at $ 13,325 for 10 kilowatt hours.
The Robern IQ Digital Lockbox is a smart lockbox that provides a compact way to secure valuables, medicines and personal belongings. The digital lock box is equipped with a touchpad panel as well as an application to set and secure your password and make sure your items are secure. If you have noble party guests exploring your bathroom cabinet or prescription medications that should be safe then this is the type you have. And the Robern Uplift Tech Tun is the bathroom cabinet where the door opens vertically. It costs 449.
The company has also created H2Wise, powered by Phyn. It uses a smart water monitor designed to detect leaks and track household water consumption. It sells for $ 400 and will be available in January.
And it has anthem valves and controls, digital valves that can operate multiple outlets, integrate into the Kohler Connect app, pair with a voice assistant and offer the unique functionality of independent temperature and flow control at each outlet.
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And it has a purist suspended, which is a tap in the kitchen mounted on the roof. It has a remote puck that manages activation, temperature and volume and has a fully adjustable hose with 180-degree rotation. It starts at 4,300 and will be available for order in February.
“We continue to focus on innovation and deliver new experiences for customers,” Ellis said. “We focus on the customer and how we capture those moments and make it better for the consumer.”
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