CES 2021: New Kohler bathtub brings forest bathing to your bathroom with scent, fog, and mood lighting
The Innate Intelligent Toilet and Touchless Bathroom Faucet collection complements the company’s smart home product portfolio.
This stillness tub was inspired by the Japanese forest bath or Shinrin-Yoku. Water, light, mist and aromas merge into an intense journey of the senses that is supposed to relax the mind, calm the body and renew the mind.
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Kohler aims to reduce stress levels for homeowners in every room in the home with four new products announced at CES 2021. Customers can monitor their plumbing for leaks, install touchless bathroom faucets to reduce the spread of germs, install an intuitive toilet and get away from it all in a new bathtub that mimics the spa experience. The company said in a press release that these additions to its smart home portfolio will “create more moments of wellbeing”.
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The silent bath uses light, mist, and scent to restore a spa environment to a home bathroom. According to the company, the tub’s design is inspired by the Japanese idea of forest bathing and uses water, light, mist, and aromas to create an immersive journey of the senses designed to relax the mind, calm the body, and renew the mind. “” There is full spectrum lighting around the tub and the “Erlebnisturm” uses essential oils to “stimulate the senses and promote focus”.
Kohler’s innate intelligent toilet has a heated seat, automated opening and closing, an “intuitive” remote control and bidet functions. The company describes this product as a cheaper option in its entire smart product collection.
The Touchless Bathroom Faucet collection uses sensors to turn hands-free operation on and off. There is a version with integrated sensors and the option of retrofitting existing Kohler single-control bathroom fittings.
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Finally, the company announced a water monitor that will alert homeowners if the house’s plumbing is causing a leak. Phyn’s Kohler Whole Home Water Monitor monitors water pressure to detect problems and provides “detailed insights into how each device is using water”. There is a DIY version that homeowners can mount under a single sink and a Pro version that installs on a water pipe inside or outside the home. The Pro product has an automatic water switch-off
The company has added a new capability to its Kohler Konnect voice-activated and touch-free kitchen faucets – command to wash hands. These audio instructions walk users through recommended steps to properly wash their hands, activate the water for wetting and rinsing, and suggest ways to lather.
“We believe there is a delicate balance when it comes to technology in the home and we will continue to create groundbreaking opportunities for seamless control in the bathroom and kitchen for a friendly life and wellbeing,” said David Kohler, President and CEO of Kohler Co. said in a press release.
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