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CES 2021: Kohler – Health and Convenience with Style

Kohler began their press conference on Monday with a 5-minute video detailing their nearly 150-year history, starting in 1873 with founder John Michael Kohler starting a foundry for farming equipment. Still, from the time he crafted his first bathtub, the intent was to provide “gracious living to all,” and that creed is firmly on display at CES.

Back in the present, Jonathan Bradley, Kohler’s Smart Home Innovation Lead, takes us through the new products being introduced here. “Smart home is about changing consumers lives, making it that more efficient, that much simpler,” said Bradley. “One of the great benefits of smart home is entertainment — controlling over lighting and music, creating scenes throughout your home. That’s what smart home is to us, and the portfolio will continue to grow in line with those thoughts.”

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Kohler’s updated leak detection system allows for many possibilities, included metered pour, where you can ask your voice assistant (including Google and Alexa) of choice to “pour one cup of water,” and the Kohler faucet responds. The latest evolution of the water monitoring systems includes a DIY version that mounts under a cabinet and lets you know each area’s usage and where waste occurs, and a pro version that attaches to the water main and provides auto shut off in the event of an emergency.

Bradley also demoed a ceiling-mount kitchen faucet before venturing into smart, touchless, and escape bathrooms.

In the smart bathroom, Kohler has introduced a new entry-level smart toilet: the Innate Intelligent Toilet. Innate includes a heated seat, auto open and close, intuitive remote, and personal bidet functionality. Further, as many homeowners look for more DIY projects, Innate features Kohler’s ready-lock installation.

In the touchless bathroom, the touchless bathroom faucet offers hands-free activation for washing hands, brushing teeth, and other daily tasks. Having the ability to wash hands at the end of the bathroom routine without touching the handles of the faucet decreases the potential spread of bacteria and germs in the space. Kohler launches an integrated faucet with embedded sensors as well as a remote puck that allows for a retrofit solution add-on to any Kohler single control bathroom faucet. The touchless bathroom also includes a touchless toilet that looks — and works — as a standard model, but offers the option of waving your hand near the handle to flush.

Kohler’s Stillness Bath

The escape bathroom is all about wellness, and includes Kohler’s new Stillness Bath. This experiential bath draws its inspiration from Japanese forest bathing, or shinrin-yoku. Water, light, fog, and aromas converge to create an immersive journey of the senses designed to relax the mind, soothe the body, and renew the spirit. It starts with water filling from the bottom of the bath, overflowing into the Hinoki wood moat to create a soothing sound. Full spectrum lighting surrounds the bath, setting the mood, and creating a chromatherapy experience. Fog then envelopes the surface of the Stillness Bath, immersing the bather in a feeling of deep relaxation. Finally, essential oils can be added into the bath’s experience tower, which emits invigorating aromas to stimulate the senses and promote focus.

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