Kohler launches Kohler Konnect smart home range of iPhone-configurable bathroom and kitchen fixtures
The new line of connected devices using Kohler Konnect mostly centers around the bathroom experience, with each including some element that users can fine tune to their preference. The Kohler Konnect companion app can be used to alter presets, such as temperatures and lighting, and in some cases, to remotely turn on elements.
A key aspect is the inclusion of voice control, allowing for the user to operate a kitchen faucet or intelligent toilet, change the lighting in a bathroom mirror, run a shower, or automatically fill a bath to a specified depth and temperature, all through vocal commands.
While the system runs on Microsoft’s Azure cloud platform, and has a greater focus on using Amazon’s Alexa for automation and commands, a number of items from within the range are also able to support Apple’s HomeKit, along with the Google Assistant. In theory, this means that some of the announced items could be automated in HomeKit scenes, or for features to be remotely triggered by Siri commands.
The main featured item in Kohler’s new product range is the Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, which is claimed to be an industry first with Amazon’s Alexa built into the unit. Containing dual microphones and hermetically sealed stereo speakers, the mirror offers LED lights for illuminating the user, a motion-activated wayfinding nightlight, and the ability to access thousands of Alexa skills.
So how does all this technology make life easier? In our mobile device, Google Assistant, Amazon Alex connected world, it means with this sort of plumbing technology installed in your home, voice activation is now possible:
Away from the bathroom, the Sensate Kitchen Faucet offers motion-based and vocal control for water dispensing. Commands can be used to turn the water flow on or off, or to dispense water to a measured volume, for example the vocal command “Pour eight ounces.”
These are nice quality of life improvements for just about everyone. Not mentioned here is how these voice activated innovations can make homes more liveable and convenient for our friends and family who have physical limitations. Anyone out there in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Redondo Beach, or Venice who has physical limitations where these voice activated controls would help greatly, we would love to be your preferred plumber on the spot to install the Kohler Konnect system here and check up with you after of few weeks of use to see how it works out for you. Give us a call at (323) 992-6477, we would love to hear from you.