Kohler Features Smart Home ‘KOHLER Konnect’ Suite at 2018 CEDIA Tradeshow
KOHLER, Wis. – Aug. 2, 2018 – Kohler Co., a global leader in the design and innovation of kitchen and bath products, showcases KOHLER Konnect, a new platform that allows consumers to conveniently personalize their experience with KOHLER products through app presets, and automate everyday tasks in the kitchen and bath through voice-control at this year’s CEDIA Expo. The CEDIA Expo, this year held in San Diego, California, is a leading event in connected technology that draws more than 20,000 home tech pros.
Capable of supporting multiple voice services, consumers can interact with KOHLER Konnect by using voice-commands and personalized presets managed through a new KOHLER Konnect application for iOS and Android devices. Consumers can operate the kitchen faucet, adjust the lighting embedded in a bathroom mirror, and run an invigorating shower all by using simple voice-commands. Powered by the trusted and global-scale Microsoft Azure cloud platform, KOHLER Konnect enables consumers to set up tailored preferences, automate everyday tasks Kohler’s new Moments Made Better video demonstrates consumers’ interaction with the connected products.
“Since the debut at CES 2018, our new KOHLER Konnect platform and suite of products have driven myriad conversations about the future of the bathroom,” says Nicole Allis, Kohler marketing manager. “These products bring a new level of convenience and connectivity to the bathroom and kitchen that consumers have not experienced before.”
In select products, the plumbing brand has partnered with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit, leading voice service platforms, allowing the consumer to choose their preferred platform to bring technology into the bathroom in meaningful ways. Kohler continues to pursue relationships with other innovative industry leaders to extend the KOHLER Konnect ecosystem in the home.
Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror: An Industry First
Kohler’s Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror is the first announced bathroom mirror that has Amazon Alexa built-in. Seamless construction makes Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror a highly functional and thoughtfully designed centerpiece of the smart bathroom of the future. With the ability to control other Kohler products that utilize KOHLER Konnect directly with Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, users can reduce countertop clutter and streamline voice capabilities within the bathroom space.
Verdera design features also include a dual-microphone solution to enhance the accuracy of voice-control, speakers housed in hermetically sealed casings to maximize stereo sound quality, a motion-activated wayfinding nightlight for safety and convenience, and highly efficient LED lights for makeup application, grooming and skin care.
In addition to controlling products with KOHLER Konnect and its related personalized experiences, Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror offers customers access to tens of thousands of Alexa skills. Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror improves the comfort and functionality of time spent in the bathroom by enabling it to be hands-free, seamless, and more convenient, while also communicating with other connected products in your Wi-Fi network.
In addition to showcasing Verdera Voice Lighted Mirror, Kohler is highlighting a collection of smart home kitchen and bath products at CEDIA Expo, including:
Sensate kitchen faucet with KOHLER Konnect: The Sensate kitchen faucet with KOHLER Konnect allows you to turn the water on and off or dispense water to a measured volume with simple voice-commands or touchless motion-based interactions. Consumers can fill an eight-ounce cup of water or a large pot with hands-free voice control. Water metering is also available to track water usage.
DTV+ showering system with KOHLER Konnect: Many aspects of DTV+ can be controlled with voice-commands through KOHLER Konnect to produce a customized showering experience. Users can adjust water temperature, control showerheads and body sprays, music, lighting, steam and shower duration with voice commands, the DTV+ interface or directly on their mobile device with the KOHLER Konnect app. Consumers who already have DTV+ in their home can upgrade by having a bridge module installed to their existing system.
About Kohler Co.
Founded in 1873 and headquartered in Kohler, Wisconsin, Kohler Co. is one of America’s oldest and largest privately held companies comprised of nearly 35,000 associates. With more than 50 manufacturing locations worldwide, Kohler is a global leader in the manufacture of kitchen and bath products; engines and power systems; premier cabinetry and tile; and owner/operator of two of the world’s finest five-star hospitality and golf resort destinations in Kohler, Wisconsin, and St. Andrews, Scotland.
As homes become increasingly connected, Kohler is focused on making everyday moments better through thoughtful design and smart technology. Kohler approaches smart bathroom design with the same dedication, precision, and care that has built the brand’s global presence for well over a century.
Vicki Valdez Hafenstein
Kohler Public Relations
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