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.
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.
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.
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