Optimizing Audio-Video Conveniences, Benefits (and Comforts) in the Modern Smart Bathroom

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|| PART 2 OF 2 SMART BATHROOMS: A SANCTUARY, AN OFFICE ANNEX, AND MORE ||

In part one, we talked about the convenience of automated lighting, the wifi mirror, and window treatments for modern smart bathrooms. We also covered the science-backed benefit of a steam bath install for your shower (or spa room). The article also briefly discussed the spike in the popularity of smart bathrooms and related smart devices. Installing smart mirrors and bathroom speakers is a growing trend as well. 

In part two, we'll be talking about smart mirror screens, bathroom speakers and related audio options, and voice assistant/voice control automation from your bathroom vanity (or elsewhere). 

|| A BATTERY-POWERED MORNING ROUTINE || 

International business is sinking big money into the smart bathroom fixtures market as efficiency, sustainability, and water concerns--not to mention sanitation--are forcing their way further into everyday life. The smart toilet market alone generated a third of the industry's cash for 2019! Collectively, on-demand convenience and connection are much more available for the modern water closet. 

|| SMART BATHROOM SPEAKERS: MUSIC LOVERS AND GO-GETTERS' DREAM ||

If you've always enjoyed shouting out your jams in the shower, you're probably used to a tinny, low-volume version from a smartphone or spotty Bluetooth speaker. HTA-Certified Evolve Technologies installs the apex sound quality, internationally-awarded Sonance speakers. We also source Oregon's own, literally hand-crafted Triad speakers. 

The space-saving brilliance of speakers installed in the ceiling is a growing trend in Europe. With all the software, apps, and integrations for every device in Bluetooth and wired options, these brands featuring great sound can be installed as external, stand-alone units or recessed in-wall. And why not? The average UK home is almost one-fifth smaller than the US by square footage. 

Bathroom Audio Benefits

- get the weather forecast

- stream music

- stream content: local updates, overnight global markets, international news

- smart doorbell alerts

- notifications for smart appliance 

- security alarms 

 

|| DER SPIEGEL: SMART MIRRORS || 

Designed as a portal for basic interactions with the web and apps, the smart mirror is an advance that creates a truly hands-free routine. We've all had to peer down at the phone and scroll with a soaking knuckle (while nervously clutching a razor or mascara wand) to check that work text. The smart mirror is a welcome change.

Plus, voice commands for smart mirrors can do more than show you your inbox or tell you if it's going to rain. For example, use a make-up tutorial video, check your social media or watch Sportscenter's Top Ten. 

More practically, the voice-activated lighting modes save much more energy than a simple dimmer switch. 

|| SPEAKING OF VOICE ||

Some things that are now connected to the internet can't wait. If you're in the shower and your kid gets dropped off in the pouring rain, they can't wait. Just use voice assistants--among the thousands of devices and software that can be integrated into Evolve's Control4 bedrock platform--or direct voice activation and unlock the front door with a spoken command. 

The most advanced bathroom setups, including voice commands, are available through the Control4 platform. 

A Bathroom Potpourri of Advanced Voice-Command Options with Control 4

- smart zone valves for HVAC: set the temperature for individual rooms (like the bathroom) 

- activate tile heating elements 

- basic and advanced mirror settings for connected screens and mirrors like Seura and Screen Innovations 

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Lutron HomeWorks and related architectural style light switches can corral all these amazing digital (or other) features into one analog console for the modern home bathroom.

Evolve utilizes Lutron, a pioneer in the automated lighting industry. A simple three, four, or six-button switch is available and can help a lot with that groggy, late-night stumble into the bathroom--a time when you don't need to check LinkedIn (though it's nice to have that option for later). 

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Seura and Screen Innovations, the go-tos for smart mirrors and smart TVs, have wet-environment options. Seura, a US-based company, specializes in the waterproof and water-resistant mirror and screen setups. And yes, you can have voice control options for the highest-definition TV, a large one, in your bathroom. Sometimes you can't take a day off. But you can send the kids to Dave and Buster's with Dad and watch HouseHunters International while you try out that Mother's Day bath bomb they got for you. 

|| IT'S UNDER CONTROL || 

Having access to the galaxy of smart devices that perform a galaxy of functions is essential, even from the bathroom. Evolve Technologies knows that home audiovisual is lightyears away from what it used to be: large electronics for entertainment only. 

Today the fridge is connected to Spotify, and the minivan's Bluetooth might be hooked up to the home security (somehow). The point is refrigerators and bedroom window shades are tied into our automated systems; we literally eat and sleep with digital automation. 

You want to be in control of your digitally connected life to harness the best parts and eliminate the rest. Evolve Technologies can help you do this. Call for a consultation today. 

 

Further reading:

https://evolvedallas.com/learning-center/blog/smart-bathrooms-a-sanctuary-an-office-add-on-and-more-part-one-of-two

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/33957713/

https://www.grandviewresearch.com/industry-analysis/smart-bathrooms-market

https://cediaawards.org/product-category/product-hall-of-fame/

https://www.bathroomspeakers.co.uk https://aquasound.eu/en/bathroom-radio/

https://www.statista.com/statistics/1052988/average-home-size-selected-countries-worldwide/

https://www.control4.com/blog/509/hightech-solutions-for-your-bathroom/

https://www.lutron.com/en-US/Products/Pages/Components/HomeWorksQSArchitecturalseeTouchKeypad/Models.aspx

https://www.purewow.com/wellness/best-bath-bombs

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