Bathrooms of the future are poised to get a lot smarter, thanks to Kohler.
The plumbing fixture brand on Friday introduced a new line of smart bathroom and kitchen products that can be controlled via an app and voice commands. The Kohler Konnect lineup includes a lighted bathroom mirror called Verdera, which has Amazon's digital assistant Alexa built in; a smart toilet that offers hands-free flushing; and a high-tech shower system that lets you set up presets for sound, water, steam, and lighting.
"Voice services and connected devices have become integrated into every facet of the home – with the notable exception of the bathroom, until now," Kohler President and CEO David Kohler said in a statement.
Designed to be the "centerpiece of the smart bathroom of the future," the Verdera mirror features a built-in dual-microphone for voice control, a motion-activated nightlight, and LED lights for applying makeup. It plays nice with other Kohler Konnect products, letting you control everything with your voice using commands like "Alexa, turn the lights to makeup mode," "Alexa, start my morning shower," "Alexa, turn on my toilet's foot warmer," or "Alexa, play my indie playlist."
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In addition to Amazon Alexa, Kohler says that select products will offer support for Google Assistant.
Other Kohler Konnect products include a smart kitchen faucet that you can control with voice commands, a tub kit that will draw a bath to your preferred depth and temperature, and a heated toilet seat with a built-in nightlight.
Kohler plans to show off this new product lineup at CES in Las Vegas next week.
"Whether you're getting ready for work, helping your children through their evening bedtime routine or simply in need of some personal relaxation, Kohler Konnect is the next evolution of our leading-edge kitchen and bathroom innovations that help make these everyday moments better," Kohler said.
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