US bathroom and kitchen company Kohler has created a smart tap capable of dispensing precise amounts of water by speaking aloud to it.
The Sensate smart kitchen faucet can be controlled via Amazon’s Alexa or Google Assistant smart helpers to dispense a measured amount of water, such as sink’s worth, a litre or one cup.
It’s also capable of detecting how much water has been used throughout a day via embedded sensors and can be turned on and off with the wave of a hand thanks to a motion sensor embedded in its stem.
The kitchen tap, which is available in the US from $937 (£693) can be customised to fill vessels and containers that hold less conventional measures via a paired smartphone app, and can also be manually turned on with a standard handle.
Kohler showcased the tap among other innovations during CES, the world’s largest tech show, which is taking place virtually during the pandemic instead of its usual week-long takeover of Las Vegas.
Touch-free toilets for the home
A smart toilet and bathroom tap that flush and dispense water without the need to touch the handles via motion sensors, similar to facilities in restaurants and offices but rarely seen in the home, were also unveiled.
The innate intelligent toilet sports a heated seat, auto-opening and closing and bidet functions, in addition to the sensor embedded in its flush for hands-free activation, while the bathroom tap can be turned on and off by waving either above the tap itself or over a specialised ‘puck’ embedded into the surface next to the sink.
Decadent smart home bathing
The company also previewed a new luxurious stillness bath inspired by traditional Japanese soaking baths, complete with an infinity water overflow and inbuilt fog machine.
While Kohler did not say when the bath was going on sale or how much it would cost, it detailed how the bath responds to voice commands to fill it to an exact amount at a specific temperature.
On Monday, South Korean tech firm LG gave media a first official look at its expendable smartphone, the LG Rollable, which sports a screen that grows larger as its far edges slide up and outwards, expanding the flexible display and increasing the surface area for watching videos or playing games on.