Ohio-based company Moen is expanding capabilities of its U by Moen app-connected shower. The new U by Moen shower is compatible with Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant, providing users another way to interact with their shower. The company will also be introducing the smart shower in new Matte Black finish with updated features at CES 2019.
In addition to the smartphone app and an onboard controller, now users can also control the U by Moen smart shower with voice commands. Users can ask the compatible voice assistants to remotely start, stop or pause the shower. You can even set personalized preset temperature through a companion mobile app and alter it with voice commands.
Michael Poloha, group manager, IoT, Moen said;
At Moen, we’re committed to developing smart innovations that enhance people’s everyday experiences with water, and that innovation doesn’t stop once we’ve launched a product. With the increasing popularity of digital voice assistants, we wanted to make sure consumers have several options available regardless of the smart home ecosystem they choose, as well as streamline the commands to make controlling your shower as simple as possible.
The U by Moen smart shower features a digital valve for thermostatic temperature control and allows users to connect up to four shower devices (showerheads, hand showers, body sprays, etc.). There’s a Wi-Fi-enabled shower controller with a five-inch LCD screen that provides feedback on the shower status through on-screen messaging and notifications. The controller has seven to nine buttons – depending on whether it’s a two- or four-outlet system – enabling users to manually adjust the shower experience.
For safety purposes, the shower valve allows temperatures between 60 and 120 degrees. The color of the screen changes from light blue, dark blue, purple, orange and red according to the water temperature. When the shower is ready, the screen will turn white and provide an on-screen notification and audio signal.
Moen has revealed no details about pricing and availability of the new U by Moen shower with voice control functionality. No matter when it comes to market, it will be the smartest showers available.
Via: Press Release