Building the Bathroom of the Future with IoT Technology

Technology is improving our day-to-day lives, from the boardroom to the… bathroom?

While most of us prefer not to dwell on what happens behind closed doors, modern IoT technology will help us build heavily automated bathrooms that can conserve water and energy and reduce the risk of spreading germs through improper hygiene. These technologies can save substantial costs for large facilities with heavy bathroom traffic, and enhance the rarely pleasant experience of visiting a public restroom for their guests. Many of them can also be used to make the home bathroom experience a little more exciting. Here’s a look at a few technologies that can build a better IoT bathroom: The bathroom of the future.

Smart showers

With a connected shower-head, you can either time your shower to turn on at a specific time each day, or to automatically detect when an individual is within range and turn itself on to a pre-set temperature. Smart shower-heads like the new Eva can automatically change the water flow based on where you are standing to avoid wasting extra water. Such showers can also track how much water is being used and provide notifications if you are going over an allotted time period. This technology is ideal for the eco-conscious homeowner, and even better for a gym or hotel that’s seeking ways to reduce water consumption.

Connected soap dispensers

Many public restrooms are already using hands-free, motion-controlled soap dispensers—but the next generation of dispensers can actually track how often the dispensers are used and trigger automated actions based on the data. For a home bathroom, that might mean placing an online order for more bathroom soap whenever you are running low; for a business’ public bathroom, such triggers can be used to summon bathroom cleaning staff rather than booking them on a pre-set schedule.

Occupancy trackers

How often do you go to use a bathroom at the office or a public building and find yourself waiting in line for 10 minutes? These kinds of wait times are all too common, and can lead to dissatisfaction for customers and reduced productivity for employees. With the modern connected bathroom, it’s possible to track when a bathroom is occupied remotely and display its status and wait time in other areas of the building, or even on a mobile application. For instance, imagine going to a crowded stadium for a ballgame and using a branded app to find out that there’s a 15-minute wait at the bathroom by Gate B, but only a 3-minute wait over by Gate D. And at your workplace, you can easily see when the bathroom is available and avoid losing that wasted time hovering awkwardly outside the door. You may not spend much time thinking about the bathroom, but you spend more time in one than you think—after all, the average person spends about a year and a half in there over a lifetime. Why not make it smarter?

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