The Latest and Greatest in Bathroom Fixture Technology
Looking for an update to your dated bathroom fixtures? Technology is progressing in all areas of our life, why not the bathroom as well? We’ll lay out some of the most super modern and futuristic bathroom fixtures around, with a breakdown of price vs. features. Even if you are just window shopping, you are sure to find something that piques your interest in today’s post.
Dyson Airblade Tap
The Airblade Tap from Dyson is pricey at about $1,500 per unit, but it packs some pretty sophisticated technology within its sleek stainless steel design. A combination water faucet and hand dryer, the Airblade seeks to “reinvent the way we wash our hands.” James Dyson unveiled this thing himself earlier this year at a press conference.
The research and development team consisted of 125 engineers, and they put out over 3,000 prototypes over its 3 year development cycle. It packs a patented Dyson V4 digital motor, which can pump 28 litres of air through a HEPA filter per second. This motor is one of the world’s smallest 1400W motors, and it’s quiet. It utilizes pressure as a sound-dampening system to cut down on the terrible hand-drier notice we all know and hate. The drier in the Airblade Tap can dry your hands in about 12 seconds, by ‘scraping’ water with highly-pressurized air rather than using heat.
It’s a lot cheaper to operate than a standard hand drier. While other hand drying methods will cost up to $1,460 a year to operate, the Airblade Tap costs approximately $48 a year. That’s some real savings right there, which makes up for the high cost of the unit.
However, the Airblade is not without its downsides. The high pressure of the drier can cause water in the basin to go flying everywhere, and the earlier models have a glitchy motion-detector system that causes the drier to shut-off when hands are moved into certain positions.
Colour Changing Faucets
Colour-changing faucets like the Ripple can give your bathroom a spark of futurism. You can even purchase some color-changing faucet LED lights that change the color of the water based on its temperature. Blue water is cold, red water is hot. That’s pretty cool.
The SmartFaucet by iHouse is the ultimate in faucet technology. Equipped with a touch screen and facial recognition sensor, this thing comes with everything AND the kitchen sink. The facial recognition can detect who is using the faucet and adjust pressure and temperature settings. The touch-screen can be used to check your e-mail, calendar, and news, as well as configure the device. It also comes with temperature-variant colouring that changes from blue to red, and purple in between to show the temperature of the water.
Truly amazing what is happening in our bathroom sinks lately. From combination sink-driers to temperature-variant colouring, to full touch screen and biometric recognition, these faucets are leaps above what your parents had in the past. Combining old technology with new, we are seeing dozens of innovative new ways to wash ourselves.
So keep these in mind when you go shopping for your next faucet. Let us know if you have any favorite futuristic water faucets that you just can’t live without. We’d be happy to hear from you. And, as always, share this post on social media so your friends can enjoy this information.