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June 28, 2016

How to make your bathroom smart

by John_A

So there you are, standing in front of the bathroom mirror, brushing your teeth absent-mindedly and pondering the meaning of life. But with a small change you could make your bathroom smarter.

You could weigh yourself, wash yourself or even brush your teeth with connected gadgets. Here are some great options to turn your bathroom into a smart one.

Honeywell Lyric Wi-fi Water Leak and Freeze Detector

Leaks are serious business. The sooner you catch them, the better the chance of reducing the cost of repair and minimising damage. This neat gadget is simple to set up and connects directly to your home Wi-Fi.

If the cable sensor detects a leak, or for that matter a pipe that’s beginning to freeze, it notifies the Honeywell Lyric smartphone app and sounds an alarm with a 100dB buzzer. You can silence the alarm directly from the app.

It detects leaks and so on for the entire 4ft length of the cable and additional cables can be added, too. A small price to pay for peace of mind.

PRICE: $79.99 from yourhome.honeywell.com

Withings Smart Body Analyzer

Withings

Bathroom scales are no longer that wobbly platform which would deliver a better result if you kicked them round the bathroom floor enough. This set of scales lives up to the smart in its title: step on and it tells you your weight in kg, lbs or stones and lbs, with great accuracy.

If there’s more than one of you in the household it will recognise who you are and show a chart of your last five weigh-ins. Providing you’re not wearing socks, and it’s your bathroom so why would you be, it’ll put a gentle electric charge through you to measure how much of you is body fat.

It will then count your pulse, tell you today’s weather forecast and even check the air quality in the room. Because it’s wirelessly connected to the internet, it can save your weight and other stats so you can check trends over months or years via a website or smartphone app. This is seriously good smart tech.

PRICE: $149.95 from withings.com

Hydrao

Hydrao

This cute shower head gently encourages you to use less water. Coloured lights shine through the water as you clean yourself, and the more water you use, the more the colours change from green, to blue to mauve to red as your water consumption goes from under 10 litres to over 30 litres.

Hit 50 litres and it starts to flash red. The idea is that your usage is transmitted by Bluetooth to a smartphone app so you can see if you’re saving water, set up an in-house competition and so on.

The really clever thing is that the Hydrao doesn’t have a battery – the lights and Bluetooth activity are powered by the flow of the water!

PRICE: $99 from hydrao.fr

Oral-B Pro 5000 toothbrush

Oral B

Oral-B is out to help us to brush better with this latest Bluetooth-equipped brush. Sure, it will keep your pearly whites, er, pearly white with its efficient oscillating, rotating and pulsating while you brush.

Brushing effectively isn’t about brute force, especially with a powered brush. The Pro 5000 knows if you’re pressing too hard and lights up when you do.

It also sends this info to the smartphone app, so you can check your progress. The app records if you’ve brushed every day (though, frankly, isn’t that a given?) and for how long.

PRICE: $159.99 from Oralb.com

Philips Smart Shaver series 7000

Philips

No two face shapes are the same, so you need a personalised shaving experience, surely? That’s the thinking behind the smart shaver from Philips which works with a smartphone app to ensure you can get the best shave possible, specifically avoiding skin irritation from shaving.

The shaver itself records data and shares it with the app via Bluetooth. Then there are pre-emptive tips on the smartphone app, mostly to do with previous shaving routines and skin sensitivity.

The shaver can be configured to behave differently with three sensitive shave modes that can be chosen directly from the app.

PRICE: TBC from Philips.com

Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

Sony

The advent of waterproof gadgets means the bathroom is no longer off limits. Sony has been in the vanguard of wet-friendly tech and its latest tablet is slim, light and effective, with a gorgeous 10.1-inch screen.

So, you can check your emails while you shave or safely watch a movie or send a text message from the comfort of your bath. Now, isn’t that what technology has always been reaching for?

PRICE: $580 from Amazon.com

Kohler Moxie showerhead and wireless speaker

Kohler

Maybe you aren’t worried about how much water you use, but you might like some music while you shower. In which case, this showerhead has a built-in speaker so you can play music from your tablet or smartphone.

The speaker itself is a rechargeable Bluetooth speaker that sticks in place magnetically so you could slide it out to use in other rooms as well.

Just don’t forget to charge it before you start to clean yourself. If you do, you can always sing, we suppose.

PRICE: $199 from Kohler

The Honeywell Lyric Water Leak and Freeze Detector is an early warning system that notifies you on your smartphone when a leak is detected or the temperature drops below a temperature of your choice. By catching it early, you may be able to avoid expensive repairs and loss of treasured items. To find out more visit Honeywell.com

This article was created in association with Honeywell.


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