Odds are you or someone you know received an Amazon Alexa-related present over the holidays.
A few weeks later at Design and Construction Week — the KBIS and IBIS co-hosted tradeshow held at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida — it was like Christmas all over again.
Numerous manufacturers in the PHCP space highlighted new products tied into remote connectivity throughout the house with the Amazon Alexa platform being front and center on more than one occasion.
For example, Rinnai’s Sensei tankless water heater, on display at the show, has Alexa voice activation, allowing the unit’s circulator to be turned on or off remotely. And as Rinnai Senior Director of Business and Product Development Joe Holliday pointed out, the remote connectivity can be a game-changer for contractors who he noted can offer remote monitoring of a customer’s water heater as a value-added long-term service.
“The contractor knows what’s wrong with the customer’s water heater, what parts and tools to bring and who to send before they even step out the door,” Holliday said.
Kohler also is all-in on the Alexa connection. The kitchen and bath giant’s Verdera voice-lighted mirror acts as the centerpiece of Kohler’s Konnect portfolio of smart products, giving the end user the ability to control other Kohler Konnect products, such as the toilet, tub, shower system and faucet, by voice.
Delta Faucet is in the process of field-testing an Alexa-fueled faucet concept that will afford end users conveniences such as dispensing the exact amount of water into a glass or cooking bowl and warm water to exact temperatures. The technology, according to a Delta representative at the show, is slated to debut sometime next year.