Bathrooms join the high-tech league

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LIGHT-HEADED: Illuminating showers are the future. Photo credit: Flickr

SMART technology has found a place in virtually every room in the home, even the one where we take care of our most low-tech needs.

In fact, thanks to innovations like sensor-operated, self-cleaning toilets or moisture-sensing ventilation fans and digital shower controls, it’s possible to turn an ordinary bathroom into the brainiest room in the house.

If you’re ready to upgrade your bathroom with the latest smart technology, here are a couple to put at the top of your must-have list:

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  1. Smarter shower

From showerheads with light and sound, to digital temperature and water pressure controls that you can set from your smartphone, an array of high-tech features is available to elevate the simple act of getting clean to the level of a luxurious, high-tech experience.

You can find something for every preference. Love to shower at night? Install a showerhead that features its own lighting. Dislike fiddling with the controls every morning to get just the right temperature? Opt for digital temperature controls that allow for multiple pre-settings for individual users. Why not try a showerhead that senses what you’re doing – washing your hair, shaving your legs – and automatically adjusts the water flow accordingly.

  1. Intelligent toilet

A toilet that cleans itself is a dream come true for many people. The toilet keeps itself (and the environment in your bathroom) clean with a flushing system that uses an environmentally friendly combination of gravity and high-speed water jets to spin away waste, while an in-bowl catalytic deodoriser helps keep the air fresh. The bowl itself is glazed with titanium dioxide and zirconium, which when activated by the toilet’s integrated UV light, creates molecular reactions that help keep the bowl free from visible and invisible waste.

Not only will you not need harsh detergents to clean the toilet, it only uses 1.28 gallons per flush (gpf) for solid waste and 0.9 gpf for liquid.

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