With a focus on personal wellbeing, Kohler introduced several new smart home products at this year’s virtual CES.
BY CRIS PYLE
IN ITS ROLLOUT OF NEW PRODUCTS at CES, Kohler noted that, “As millions of people around the world spend more time at home, they yearn for balance and seek an escape from the stresses and anxieties of everyday life. The potential for technology to create more moments of wellbeing, and making it easier to unwind, destress, and find peace, is a driving force behind Kohler’s continued investment and product development in smart home technology.”
The new Stillness Bath draws its inspiration from Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. The company said that water, light, fog, and aromas “converge to create an immersive journey of the senses designed to relax the mind, soothe the body, and renew the spirit.” As water fills from the bottom of the bath, it overflows into the “Hinoki wood mote to create a soothing sound.” Full spectrum lighting surrounds the bath for a chromatherapy experience, fog envelops the surface of the Stillness Bath for deep relaxation, and aromatherapeutic essential oils may be added in the bath’s “experience tower.”
Additionally, the company is introducing new touchless residential bathroom faucets and the Innate Intelligent Toilet, which comes in at a more affordable price point, and offers a heated seat, auto open and close, remote and personal bidet functionality.
Kohler also announced a collaboration with Phyn to introduce both a DIY and professional version water leak monitor. The Kohler Whole Home Water Monitor Powered by Phyn leverages Phyn’s “patented, best-in-class, high-definition pressure wave analysis to monitor water flow to immediately notify a homeowner if a leak is detected anywhere in the home and to provide detailed insights into how each fixture uses water.” The DIY version mounts under a single sink and can be easily installed by a homeowner. The Pro variation is installed at a water main, either inside or outside the home, and can mitigate costly damage through an automatic water shutoff feature.
Cris Pyle has over 15 years of experience in the residential technology industry, leading marketing teams on the manufacturer and association sides.