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Kohler at CES 2018 this week has introduced a collection of new smart kitchen and bath products based on its new Kohler Konnect platform, which itself is based on Microsoft's Azure internet-of-things cloud solutions.

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A spokeswoman for Kohler told MacRumors that its Sensate touchless kitchen faucet and DTV+ shower system will be the first of the Kohler Konnect products to support Apple's HomeKit platform for smart home accessories.

Kohler's Sensate faucet allows you to turn the water on and off or dispense water to a measured volume, such as an eight-ounce cup or a large pot, with simple voice commands or touch-free motion-based interactions.

The faucet also monitors your water usage and lets you track the consumption using an upcoming Kohler Konnect companion app.

Meanwhile, the DTV+ showering system enables homeowners to create and automate personalized showering experiences. The Kohler Konnect app allows you to, for example, create and manage presets for sound, water, steam, and lighting.

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With an optional bridge, you can use voice commands to access those presets, or use the system's wall-mounted interface, to adjust water temperature, and control shower heads, music, lighting, steam, and shower duration.

HomeKit compatibility should enable both products to be controllable with Siri or Apple's Home app for iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.

Kohler's other new smart home products integrated with its Kohler Konnect platform include its Verdera mirror with built-in Amazon Alexa, Numi intelligent toilet, PureWarmth toilet seat, and PerfectFill technology for bathtubs.

Kohler said the Verdera mirror with Amazon Alexa will be available for purchase from March 2018 in the United States. The other new Kohler Konnect products are planned for release later this year. Pricing has not been disclosed.

The Home Depot sells Kohler's existing Sensate faucet and DTV+ shower system sans Konnect for $523 and $794 respectively in the United States.

Article Link: CES 2018: Kohler's New Sensate Kitchen Sink Faucet and DTV+ Shower System Will Support HomeKit
 

gsmornot

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Faucet integrated with HomeKit so it will turn the water off just before your phone is in the flow. Nah but what else could I use it for. The announcements today have highlighted the fact that I cannot spend $523 for a kitchen facet to replace the Pyrex cup I use today for measuring liquids.
 
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RobinInOR

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I love measured flow on my fridge door but it doesn’t work well if you’re on a well pump. Program it for 8 oz and depending on your pressure tank cycle you’ll most likely get less. Only nice part is you can set the container down and walk away while it’s filling.
 

Relentless Power

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I like technology, but this is too much for me. I don’t need or want my entire life to run through apps.

I think this type of technology is for those who truly do want to utilize everything Kohler has to offer. However, if someone actually truly appreciates all this functionality, is a totally different story.
 

harriska2

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I was thinking it would be great if the faucet could be programmed to start at full flow hot then auto pull back to say 50% flow at 110 degrees or so via voice command. Would save water because the faucet adjuster I have isn’t easy to use and backs up to the backsplash. But nope on $500.
 

freiheit

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I have always wondered how to turn on my kitchen faucet from across the house or while I'm not even home, but I just could never make it work. This is freakin' great! *rolls eyes* <(^)> <(^)>
 

DeepIn2U

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I don’t need my kitchen sink to talk to the internet. Thanks though.

I know right?

The scary thing is with polar ice caps rapidly melting at accelerated rates, and states like California with such high levels of drought (recall no lawn sprinklers or something like that on the news), this maybe something for all new homes that'll be required? IF water becomes dangerously low for consumption. This could be 100yrs out from now ... but there was once a time where I laughed at bottled water being sold (that was 1982), yet here we've been for other a decade.

on a much more current day use case ... for those that have mobility / dexterity issues with their hands, this could be VERY useful! Including for AirBNB handicap setups.
 
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Vjosullivan

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I know right?

The scary thing is with polar ice caps rapidly melting at accelerated rates, and states like California with such high levels of drought (recall no lawn sprinklers or something like that on the news), this maybe something for all new homes that'll be required? IF water becomes dangerously low for consumption. This could be 100yrs out from now ... but there was once a time where I laughed at bottled water being sold (that was 1982), yet here we've been for other a decade.

on a much more current day use case ... for those that have mobility / dexterity issues with their hands, this could be VERY useful! Including for AirBNB handicap setups.
I still laugh at people buying bottled water; and at people who must always have a bottle in their hand to keep supping from, like some kind of dummy. That's here in England where rain was invented and heat is a four letter word!
 
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MacDann

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As a former Kohler employee I can tell you that this is right up their alley with the marketing mindset they possess. High end plumbing products for people with more money than brains. This is the sort of thing that gets Herb all moist.

What pays their bills and keeps the foundry and pottery running is the basic white, commercial grade products that you use at work/school every day. This high end junk is the stuff they use to wow people in the Design Center while Kohler sucks their wallets dry for the "experience".

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