Comfort through technology – the intelligent bathroom
Apps, gesture control and face recognition are extending the technical scope in the bathroom. A key argument in favour of the digitalisation of the bathroom is the increase in comfort. For example, the bathtub can be filled via a smartphone app, and a weather report and current news can be viewed on the mirror cabinet. Together with the washbasin, the cabinet can take over the entire lighting design of a medium-sized bathroom thanks to specially developed LED lights. The shower-toilet has gained significantly in importance, and even though not yet in widespread use throughout Germany, demand for it is increasing continuously.
Intelligent systems for the bathtub and shower
Most manufacturers of bathroom products now have solutions in their portfolio that turn a simple washing procedure into a sensual and comfortable feel-good experience or that simplify use. Kaldewei, for example, offers on its design bathtubs a matching electronic fitting with a control panel that can be used to regulate the inflow and outflow of water, the water temperature and to control the shower or bath function.
The Kaldewei Comfort Select system consists of three components that can be individually combined: an operating panel with an electronic control unit, a drain and overflow set and a shower hose. The control panel on the edge of the bathtub enables the precise selection of the desired temperature even before the water is admitted. Right from the start the water fills the tub evenly and at the selected temperature, which can be altered individually at any time in 0.5°C steps at the touch of a button.
The Grohe Rainshower SmartControl provides similar comfort in the shower: All the desired settings can be controlled and saved with just three buttons. The combined push and turn knob is responsible for water flow and volume control. When it is pressed, the water flows and the strength of the water jet is adjusted by turning it. To stop the water flow, the user presses the button again, and the selected flow-rate is stored for the next time.
The shower-toilet, i.e. the combined toilet and bidet that originated in Japan, enables automated cleaning of the genital area and is also increasingly found in German bathrooms. Even personal preferences, such as the heat and intensity of the water jet, can be stored on some models and recalled at the touch of a button. There are also models with an odour filter that sucks off bad odours directly in the toilet and which have an integrated night-light for orientation.