CES 2019: U by Moen Smart Shower Set to Gain Long-Promised HomeKit Update

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    Moen today announced that its U by Moen smart shower system is receiving several upgrades for compatibility with voice assistants, making it easy to turn on and adjust your shower simply by speaking.

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    The most notable addition for Apple users is HomeKit support, which will reportedly come to U by Moen this quarter, to be followed by Google Assistant integration. U by Moen is already compatible with Amazon Alexa, but Moen is announcing improved integration as a Smart Home Skill, unlocking more intuitive commands.
    U by Moen was initially shown off at CES 2017, with the smart capabilities managed through smartphone apps. CES 2018 saw the announcement of Alexa and Siri support for the "first half of 2018," but Siri integration obviously didn't arrive in that timeframe, so here's hoping this year's announced timing is a bit more on target.

    U by Moen is available at an MSRP of $1,225 for a two-outlet version or $2,265 for a four-outlet version, and that doesn't include any shower heads or installation by a plumbing professional, so it doesn't come cheaply. But for those who might already be considering a bathroom remodel and want the ultimate in smart home technology, U by Moen might be worth a look.

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  2. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a

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    It's easy to turn on and adjust my shower now without my voice.
     
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    I can see this going horribly awry with our shower. :D I’ll pass.
     
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    You have to think of it in the scenes aspect. Tell Siri good morning and it brings up your lights, turns on the coffee pot and brings up a shower to temperature
     
  6. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

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    Wow that’s just.... dumb. One of those situations when they add technology to something that’s work really well and is tachtile.
     
  7. Scottsoapbox macrumors 6502a

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    Call it whatever you want, it still involves setting up, then trouble shooting bugs, and installing updates to save turning a knob.
     
  8. 1rottenapple macrumors 68000

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    God forbid the Wifi is down lol

    I just look at the shower and it looks like it waste water. In drought prone Cali that’s a no go for me

    Edit: wtf I’m seeing google plumbing ads really?????
     

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    I'd rather have a real woman in the shower with me.
     
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    Why does her shower have a massive waist high window in the side of it?
     
  11. BlazednSleepy, Jan 6, 2019
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    I look forward to the day I tell my grand kids, * old man voice* “ Back in my day....I had to lift a small lever to turn on the shower and adjust the temperature by hand!”
     
  12. smarch macrumors regular

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    it's called Fun
     
  13. Zenithal macrumors 603

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    All that money in R&D and this is the dumb **** they come up with.
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    He meant the knobs on the wall.
     
  14. vipergts2207 macrumors 68000

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    Too much money for something with so little utility. And a waste of water.
     
  15. Carlanga macrumors 604

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    My shower heats up almost instantly, its 2019, there are more ways to heat water than a big water tank
     
  16. Mizhou macrumors member

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    What's the difference between stop and pause for the shower? Does pause freeze the water stream in mid air?
     
  17. Zenithal macrumors 603

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    Tankless are a great investment.
     
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    An open request to Mac Rumors editors. When reviewing products from CES, make sure you give ALL specifications for the products discussed. Otherwise, the articles are crap. Besides features, I also want SPECIFICATIONS of the products.
     
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    Woooooow

    (Isn’t “moen” a bit on the nose for a massage showerhead?)
     
  21. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

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    Probably closes the valve for a certain time interval then reopens it.
     
  22. chucker23n1 macrumors 68000

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    Specifications of what? You want to know the MHz the ARM chip that communicates with HomeKit runs at?
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    Makes sense, maybe, for a bathtub, where that can take several minutes. For a shower, it takes, what, ten seconds? What’s there to schedule and prepare?

    This seems like an eco-hostile, pricey gimmick.
     
  23. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

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    The installation doesn’t seem terribly complicated. The worst part of it is running the data cable from the controller in the shower to the valve panel. You get 30 feet to work with and the valve panel has to be user-accessible, like a breaker panel. You don’t have to use any special kind of shower heads either.
     
  24. mgmacius macrumors member

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    Can’t wait for the connected toilet roll dispenser. It should talk to the toilet seat and based on the amount and other characteristics of the... content dispense required amount of paper. Or some other bs like that.
     

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