High-Tech Gets All Wet
Can't bear to be separated from your tech while you're showering after a long day’s work? Turns out, you don't have to! Here are ten wet tech gadgets (starting with this Kohler DTV Custom Shower Interface) to make your bath time a little more enjoyable and, in some cases, more eco-friendly. Because after all, it’s one thing to feel naked without technology nearby. It’s another thing entirely to actually be naked without it.
Aquavision Frameless Televisions
Thanks to a variety of mobile devices and media services, your favorite movies and TV shows are available virtually anywhere. With the Aquavision Frameless TV, you can now add the shower to your list of viewing spots. These super-sleek flat panels are sized from 19 to 40 inches and can be finished with black, white, or mirrored glass. Just watch out for pruned fingers if you watch a Seinfeld marathon while you're soaking in the suds.
If it ain't broke, don't fix it—but what if you can drastically improve it? New water-conscious H2Okinetic shower heads from Delta have built-in chambers that cause water to exit in a wave pattern, creating the feeling of more water without actually using more water. Another plus, the shower head's larger-than-average droplets hold heat longer as well.
Moen ioDIGITAL Shower
Much like modern push-to-start car technology, the Moen ioDIGITAL shower can be turned on with the simple push of a remote control button—all from the comfort of your warm bed on a chilly morning. Use preset programs to make sure the water temperature and pressure are exactly to your liking before setting foot inside.
Inspiration famously strikes in the shower, but because we don't have a writing pad or smartphone on hand, most of our good ideas wind up going down the drain. AquaNotes harnesses a bit of old-school tech to make sure your bath-time thoughts no longer evaporate like steam. Leave it hanging on the wall to make to-do lists, write a love note, or remind your housemates to not use up all the hot water!
Moxie Showerhead and Wireless Speaker
The Moxie shower head by Kohler has turned the usual shower stereo into a truly immersive experience. The speaker sits inside the shower head, held in place by ultra-strong magnets. The best part? Once you're squeaky clean, pop out the speaker and take it with you—it pairs wirelessly with any Bluetooth-enabled device and has a range of up to 32 feet.
If environmental concerns keep you from enjoying a long, hot shower, swap your current shower drain for the EcoDrain. It captures warmth from used water to heat up the cold water coming through the shower head. The waste water and fresh water never mix, so you always get a stream of clean water. The manufacturers claim that the heat- transfer technology cuts water heater use for showers by anywhere from 25 to 70 percent.
Evolve Shower Head
If you typically turn on the shower and then go have a cup of coffee while waiting for the water to heat up, the Evolve shower head may be for you. Using its innovative ShowerStart technology, the shower head monitors water temperature and cuts the flow to a trickle when it’s reached a comfortable 95 degrees. The shower head uses just 1.5 gallons per minute—a savings over most shower heads—but according to the manufacturer, the spray pattern ensures that you won’t even notice you’re using less water.
Hipe Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker
Embrace your inner rockstar while streaming music under a streaming shower. The Waterproof Wireless Bluetooth Speaker from Hipe lets you listen to your music from any Bluetooth-enabled smartphone—and if a call comes in, you can answer it right from the speaker. First, just make sure everyone else in the house appreciates your shower singing as much as you do!
By memorizing the time of your first shower and using it as a benchmark, the oh-so-clever Waterpebble indicates (via a series of ‘traffic lights’ flashing from green through red) when to finish showering. Each time you shower, Waterpebble fractionally reduces your shower time, helping you to save water without needing to think about it.
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