Want to slip into a bath that’s the absolute perfect temperature? There’s an app for that.
Kohler, the 148-year-old kitchen-and-bath company, unveiled a new $16,000 ‘smart’ bathtub at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) that can be controlled by your phone.
The pricey appliance generates fog, mood lighting and pleasing essential-oil aromas to ‘relax the mind, soothe the body and renew the spirit.’
The company also introduced a smart toilet with a remote and touchless bathroom faucet at the electronics conference, which has gone virtual in light of the pandemic.
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Inspired by Japan’s Shinrin-yoku (‘forest bathing’), Kohler’s new Stillness Bath is a sensory experience, with full-spectrum lights around the base, fog across the surface of the tub, and essential oils that emit invigorating aromas
Monday kicks off the first day of CES, which usually hosts thousands of tech enthusiasts from around the world in Las Vegas.
However, due to the lingering coronavirus pandemic the in-person conference has been moved entirely online and Kohler is one of the event’s exhibitors.
Kohler’s Stillness Bath is inspired by Shinrin-yoku (‘forest bathing’), which is the Japanese practice of exploring nature to relax and improve well-being.
In the fully-loaded ‘Infinity Experience’ model, water fills from the bottom of the bath and overflows into a cypress wood moat, creating a relaxing soundscape.
As full-spectrum lighting around the base helps set the mood, the surface of the bath is enveloped in fog, ‘immersing the bather in a feeling of deep relaxation,’ according to Kohler.
Bathers can also add essential oils into the tub’s ‘experience tower’ that emit invigorating aromas intended to ‘stimulate the senses and promote focus.’
In the fully-loaded ‘Infinity Experience’ model, water fills from the bottom of the Stillness Bath tub and overflows into a cypress wood moat, creating a relaxing soundscape
Pricing on the Stillness Bath ranges from $6,198 to $15,998 for the Infinity Experience model.
Kohler is betting consumers stuck at home during lockdown are willing to shell out big bucks for an oasis of tranquility in their house.
Coming this summer, Kohler’s $3,100 Innate Intelligent Toilet includes a heated seat, auto open and close feature, an intuitive remote, and personal bidet functionality.
Other new features have been developed with the pandemic in mind, including a touchless toilet, which flushes with a wave of your hand, and touchless bathroom faucet.
Both devices can limit the spread of bacteria and germs that would normally live on handles.
Kohler’s $3,100 Innate Intelligent Toilet includes a heated seat, auto open and close feature, an intuitive remote, and personal bidet functionality
A new ‘wash hand’ command on Kohler Konnect voice-activated kitchen faucets starts running hot water and walks users through a proper handwashing routine.
‘As we grow our leadership in smart home innovation, our products make it possible for consumers to easily enjoy the advantages of touchless and connected experiences, without adding clutter or complexity to their spaces,’ said Kohler CEO David Kohler.
‘We believe there is a delicate balance when it comes to technology in the home – and will continue pioneering opportunities for seamless control in the bathroom and kitchen with an eye toward gracious living and wellbeing.’
Kohler’s Numi 2.0, which comes with a built in Amazon Alex and allows users to fully customize their lavatory experience, was honored at CES 2020
At CES 2020, Kohler was an honoree in the Smart Home category with its Numi 2.0 intelligent toilet, which came with an embedded Amazon Alexa and voice-control options.
Numi 2.0 owners can personalize multiple aspects of their toilet experience, from ambient colored lighting to seat-heating to syncing up with their favorite playlist.