Kohler Ready to Make a Splash In Connected Home Space at CES 2018
A stalwart of the bathroom industry, Kohler has surprisingly been pretty quiet about just how serious they are about technology. Piecemealing a few different products out over the past year - including a toilet that automatically flushes for you - their portfolio hasn't received a ton of attention.
That is all changing at the CES 2018.
As a cornerstone of their Kohler Konnect collection - that includes a self-filling bathtub, a shower with user profiles, and a self-warming toilet seat - Kohler is introducing a voice-enabled, tri-fold bathroom mirror dubbed the Verdera. Utilizing Alexa, the mirror can be customized to turn on with scenes, control other devices, or pump brightness through the two integrated led light strips that flank the iOS and Android-friendly mirror.
While it appears the mirror is the big push from Kohler, the real news is obviously their Alexa connected system and what kind of opportunities it can open for integrators. The company noted that they are working heavily with architects, builders, and designers to bring their product to the C.I. space.
“Voice services and connected devices have become integrated into every facet of the home – with the notable exception of the bathroom, until now,” said David Kohler, President and CEO of Kohler Co. “We provide thoughtful design and technologies that offer convenience and functionality to enrich your personalized experiences, making them easier, more comfortable, and more enjoyable. Whether you’re getting ready for work, helping your children through their evening bedtime routine or simply in need of some personal relaxation, Kohler Konnect is the next evolution of our leading-edge kitchen and bathroom innovations that help make these everyday moments better.”
The real point of this product is that it is clear that everyone is getting into hiding Alexa in every product they can think of. We saw a lot of that at CEDIA 2017 in San Diego, most notably Origin Acoustics Valet system that hid a literal dot in your wall.