Whether it's for convenience of use or upping your home's eco-friendly credentials, smart technology has a lot to offer a bathroom design.
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The Internet of Things has invaded every room of the house by this point, but its perhaps most surprising the extent to which the bathroom has adopted new technology above all.
From app- and remote-controlled devices to technologically advanced fixtures with smart features in-built, there are plenty of ways to elevate your bathroom with the latest tech ideas.
Smart flush plates
The app-operated toilet flush may be the most controversial of smart tech in the bathroom, but in reality, it does have value to offer. The VitrA Smart panel flush, for example, uses digital sensor technology for a hygienic flush, while V-Care app connectivity offers remote flushing - which may have some interesting applications within accessible homes
The flush plate also records data on the household's flushing habits, helping to identify more efficient ways for your system to use water.
Our houses are now more connected than ever thanks to innovations in home technology, and the bathroom is no different. Investing in a smart WC, like Geberit’s AquaClean shower toilet, not only increases your personal hygiene and sense of wellbeing, but also ups the eco-factor of your bathroom. The shower toilet’s oscillating spray helps to reduce paper waste.
It also includes a host of cutting-edge features like integrated odour extraction and orientation lighting, and importantly, an energy saving mode to allow homeowners to consciously opt for more eco-friendly options in the bathroom.
Automatic leak detectors
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£657 million worth of domestic insurance claims are made in the UK to repair and replace possessions and property damaged by water leaks each year. New smart leak detectors have become available to stop this happening, including the Sonic, which uses ultrasonic technology to detect unusual activity in your water supply. The systems sends an alert to your mobile app and it can automatically shut off the water supply to prevent a water leak damaging possessions and property.
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This intelligent, electric Campastyle Holiday radiator from The Radiator Centre have Presence and Absense Detection and Open Window Detection capabilities to prevent energy wasting.
It is also possible to control these radiators remotely with an additional modem that is accessed via a free app.
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The Adore range from Philips Hue is the IP-rated offering from the big name in Internet of Things lighting. The collection includes spotlights, wall lights and even a LED mirror, all of which can be easily adjusted using the Hue app so that you can enjoy bright task lighting or a relaxing ambient glow as the situation demands.
Smart shower upgrades
Smart shower controls have plenty of benefits. They can ensure that shower's reach a certain temperature before you need to step under the water, and also safeguard temperatures for young children using the bathroom.
While most smart systems would require to be built in to a bathroom renovation project, Grohe's Rainshower 310 SmartConnect is a remote controlled shower head, which you can specify either a rainfall or jet spray using a bluetooth connected remote, and be added to an eistign shower set-up.
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As bathrooms become a place to linger and relax, we're engaging with audio visual elements in our bathrooms too. The ViSound system, for example, is a system from Villeroy & Boch which can be fitted into a bath at the point of installation to turn it into a Bluetooth speaker.
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