Moen’s new kitchen faucet works with Alexa and Google Assistant

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The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) usually signals the arrival of new smart home devices, and this year it is certainly no exception. To that end, Moen today announced a voice-activated faucet and water detector in its growing U by Moen line of products that compliments its digital shower system, which recently received support for Google Assistant.

With the family’s flagship – the U by Moen Smart Faucet – users can start and stop the flow of water with their voice. You can also perform other tasks through digital assistants, including Alexa and Google Assistant, or use the wave sensor to turn off the water with a simple flick of your hand. The LED built into the wave sensor changes color from blue to purple to red to indicate when the water is heating or cooling, while a handle on the side of the faucet allows manual control of the temperature.

Moen claims that the Smart Faucet – which comes in finishes and styles that range from modern (Align, Nio, Sleek) to transition (Arbor, Essie, Paterson) and traditional (Brantford, Weymouth) – is the only voice activated kitchen faucet The market offers voice and hands-free activation regardless of the manual grip position. Voice commands enable the precise delivery of water at certain temperatures as well as preheating.

Here is a list of the recognized contexts:

  • Metered delivery in fractional metric and non-metric measurements from 1 tablespoon to 15 gallons
  • Exact and general temperature commands: “105 degrees” and “hot water” or “cold water”
  • Combined measurement and temperature requirements: “1/2 cup of 105-degree water” or “2 ounces of hot water”
  • User-defined presets created in the Moen app: “Baby bottle” or “Dog bowl”

Customers who prefer not to control their kitchen fittings with voice commands can use the Moen app for Android and iOS, which can be used to create an unlimited number of presets and optionally monitor water consumption (including historical delivery and temperature) over time.

Moen’s other headliner is the aforementioned 3.5-inch water detector, aptly referred to as Flo by Moen Smart Water Detector, which is suitable for areas of the home that may be at risk, such as the bathroom. B. in the basement or in the laundry room. It warns owners of moisture and wetness anomalies through companion apps, and plays well with multiple detectors and the Flo by Moen Smart Water Shutoff, a valve plugged into main water supply lines to prevent water damage.

Moen smart faucet

“Moen is revolutionizing the way consumers think about water in their homes,” said Mark-Hans Richer, Moen’s senior vice president, in a statement. “This year we’re taking the industry to new places – all to improve people’s experience of water while allowing them to control and conserve it without sacrifice. Consumers have never had this kind of power before and we are excited to be the ones it gives them. “

Moen’s continued pursuit of connected devices fits well with the burgeoning Internet of Things market. According to Statista, the total installed base of IoT-connected products worldwide will be 75.44 billion by 2025, a five-fold increase in 10 years. The smart kitchen appliance market alone was estimated at $ 890 million in 2018 and is expected to reach $ 4.850 billion over the next five years.

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